FDA Releases Proposed Pain Management Changes

FDA proposes that doctors learn about acupuncture for pain management

The Food and Drug Administration released proposed changes Wednesday to its blueprint on educating health care providers about treating pain. The guidelines now recommend that doctors get information about chiropractic care and acupuncture as therapies that might help patients avoid prescription opioids.

-from PBS Newshour

At Allied Health and Chiropractic, we advocate and offer acupuncture as an alternative treatment for a variety of conditions, including pain relief. Our resident acupuncturist, Yaxian Ding, shares more about this offering at our clinic.

What occurs in a typical appointment?

You lie comfortably on a table for the treatment, which involves:

  1. Needle insertion.
    Between 5 and 20 extremely fine needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a mild aching sensation.
  2. Needle manipulation. 
    Acupuncturist may gently move or twirl the needles after placement or apply mild electrical pulses to the needles.
  3. Needle removal. 
    There is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed. 

People report that they feel very relaxed. A lot of people can fall asleep during treatment.

Is acupuncture painful? 

You may feel a slight prick when the needles are inserted, but it is nothing like receiving an injection.

What is the biggest misconception or myth about acupuncture? 

The biggest misconception or myth is that acupuncture hurts.


Curious about acupuncture? It may just be the treatment you need! Contact us today for an appointment.

Yaxian Ding was born and raised in China. She graduated from Shanxi Medical University with her M.D. and began to practice medicine in China. She later attended Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, one of the top medicine schools in China, where she earned her doctorate degree in Chinese Medicine in 1994. Yaxian completed her clinical internship at Dongzhimen Hospital, an affiliate of the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Since then, she has added acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, and herbs into her medical practice.

She moved to the United States in 2000. She is a Diplomate of Acupuncture, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and holds her acupuncture license from the Ohio State Medical Board. She has practiced acupuncture in Cleveland area since 2004. Yaxian lives in Shaker Heights with her husband and two daughters.

Yaxian offers acupuncture and cupping for acute/chronic pain management, stress-related disorders, digestive problems, women & children’s health, and more.