Acupuncture can be an affective treatment for a child's chronic pain

11:17 AM, Aug 15, 2011   |    comments
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WAVE - A parent would likely try most anything to prevent their child from pain. Acupuncture may be the treatment that can finally put an end to their medical nightmares. His patients are children: teens, young adults, faces, and conditions that are a reflection of personal experience.

"She had abdominal migraines for about seven years and western medicine was unable to treat it or fix the problem," said Dr. Mark McDonald.

Pediatric intensivist Mark McDonald trained in acupuncture after it seeing the impact.

"Sure enough, in about 20 minutes her pain was gone," McDonald said.

For his daughter.

Dr. McDonald says "brought tears to our eyes."

"I lose my vision I can't see I throw up I get sick and I don't understand how to explain it hurts so bad," said 16-year-old Brittany Smith.

Smith had suffered migraines since fifth grade, two to three a week, missing school work and missing out on being a teen.

"I didn't think they was ever going to find a cure for it," she said.

For 10-year-old Connor Talbot, it was chronic stomach pain. And over a year of traditional medicine before finding relief here carefully and purposefully placed needles

"People would say, 'You've been out of school so much. Why?'" he said.

McDonald said acupuncture causes opioid release in the spinal fluid, so it feels like taking a narcotic. Only this, a natural pain relief along with he says a release of serotonin and noepinephrine for the most part they don't feel the needles.

"They're inserted with a guide tube it kind of fools the body the patient may feel maybe one out of ten and if it hurts at all we take it out," McDonald said.

His goal is making the hurt to stop and it's working.

"I thought they were going to have medicine in it or something but no, just the needles sticking you, makes it stop," McDonald said.


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