Alternative Treatment For Sciatica -How Acupuncture Might Save My Spine


Yesterday was no different from the rest, except for the human being who might have changed my life for the better.

I have always been afraid of acupuncture. When I was about 8 or 9 my grandmother would take me with her and my grandfather to his acupuncture treatment. He had a few strokes resulting in complete paralysis of his right side. It was always terrible to see someone getting poked with 1,000 needles and be fine.

Now that I am older, I understand that they were going to hopefully help bring sensation back using acupuncture.

Today I am going to talk to you about how acupuncture may or may not be the answer for you.

Sciatic Nerve Acupuncture.

So I was talking to these 2 very nice people, Derek and Kim. Derek, the son, was telling me how he had slipped a disk and was barely able to move. He went his doctor and took the prescriptions that were given to him, but the pain was not resolved. He was referred my his doctor to their acupuncturist. Derek stated that they poked him with the needles, he waited, but no pain was relieved.

He was very upset to have gone through this and no still not have a solution to his pain. His friend then told him about a woman studied acupuncture and his experience was very successful.

At this point Derek was willing to try anything, the pain would not go away. He decided to make the appointment and go, it was close to his home, so that made him feel a little more comfortable.

The acupuncturist’s name was Lisa. She was born in China where she had been studying acupuncture her whole life. Derek said that he had not had that kind of relief in months, he was sold. He went back a couple time a week for 2 weeks, until the pain had completely gone away. He was beyond excited, he never thought that excruciating pain would go away.

Acupuncture- Stroke Recovery.

Derek went on to tell me about his mother’s story. Kim had a stroke, paralyzing her completely on her right side. When he saw her eating at the dinner table with her hand because she couldn’t use her fork, he broke down in tears.

The next day, he decided to take her to see Lisa. He rolled Kim in and Lisa brought her back to the room. Lisa started with the needles around her leg, then she started smacking and shaking Kim’s leg. Derek was a little confused as to what he had gotten his mother into, but Lisa did her magic.

By the end of the session, Kim was able to lift her foot up and down and had full motor skills of her right arm. They were overjoyed!

Can Acupuncture Help Sciatica?

After hearing about Derek and Kim’s experience I was not only happy for them, but hopeful for myself.

Acupuncture has had its fair share of good and bad reviews. It’s not reasonable and a little terrifying. I always picture sleep walking with a million little needles in my back, but we won’t get into that!

Acupuncture is mainly used for the lower-back, the knee, the neck, and headaches. There are many researchers who state that sciatica is best treated with acupuncture.

Research states that you need to check the credentials of the acupuncturist you will be going to and that there are many reasons to be cautious. The top 2 are sterilization and poor knowledge which can result in serious issues with your body internally.

I want to be able to tell you the good, bad, and ugly. This is information that I consider when I am not fully knowledgeable about a subject.

But, I am willing to try it!

Finding My Qi.

There are always going to be products you need to look up and find their ingredients, doctors you need to know the history of, and surgeries might have complications. With the world being able to research everything nowadays, we are able to find out a lot of information, before we take the risk.

Acupuncture has been around since 6000 BCE and now has at least advanced to needles, instead of using tiny bones…and there goes another nightmare!

I will keep you posted on the result or will I……





(18) Comments

  1. isaac says:

    I’ve had slipped disc few years back and while physical therapy helped, the pain never really go away. I still feel a bit strained wherever I’m sitting, standing or lying too long. While i know that one should not be in a static position for too long, i yearn my body to return to the active state it was in prior to the incident. Do you think acupuncture can help heal me 100%?

    1. Delanee says:

      Yes it is no fun! I remember before I would be able to sit for long periods of time with it not being that big of a problem. I would never be able to guarantee that, but I have been hearing a lot of amazing success stories, even from people I know. I am going to check it out for the first time so see is acupuncture can help me! I will keep you posted!

  2. I 100% am an advocate for acupuncture, it is fantastic! I actually used acupuncture to induce my 3 labours, its a miracle worker. If it can bring on labour, it should absolutely be able to relieve your sciatica. Would love to know how your results go! Please keep me posted and best of luck!

    1. What a wonderful thing to say and so good to know. We are thinking about starting a family! I will keep you posted on my experience and if all goes well, I might use acupuncture when we have kids! Thank you!

  3. Hi Delanee,

    I wish you luck on your procedure. I have heard a lot about acupuncture and its benefits but I haven’t tried it personally. Months ago, I had back pain which lingered for weeks. I almost went and tried acupuncture but luckily, the pain went away on its own. I’ll be waiting for your results. Good luck. 🙂

    1. Thank you Nathan for your support! I am excited and nervous. I am always willing to try something once, but it defiantly helps hearing so many great things from people about acupuncture! I will definitely update on how it goes!

  4. Jill says:

    It was so interesting to read your story. My husband has always had pain due to arthritis and when he was a lot younger put his back out. Fortunately for us our medical doctor had also studied acupuncture and that was the first time I saw the miracle of what good acupuncture can do to help. When my husband went into the doctors rooms he could barely move and he was a completely different person when he came out. Am a great believer in acupuncture.

    1. This is very good to hear! Because of my fears, I had always crossed it off my to-do list. I am definitely excited and I hope it helps the disk slip back into place! Thank you for your positive encouragement and I hope I will be able to say the same!!

  5. I’ve always wanted to try acupuncture. I get terrible headaches and shoulder and neck tension constantly. I won’t lie when I say that I don’t think I’ve done it because I’m a little scared and skeptical, but like you have heard good and bad stories about it. Do you think studying acupuncture in China and that type of setting is better? I would imagine it is. In the eastern part of the world they are very big on alternative methods to medicine, so I would guess they are a little more experienced at things like acupuncture. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Derek was telling me that his mother would get extremely bad headaches that would last months, when she started to see Lisa they would go away! Lisa said that she has been studying acupuncture since she was a little girl. I feel that anyone that has been studying the true form of a subject for that long has already completed all of their trial and error ha! Thank you for your support!

  6. Pablo says:

    Hi Delanee,
    Certainly, acupuncture can save your spine. The last resource for the spine has to be surgery, and if possible a resource never used.
    I know acupuncture works for tension and to relax muscles and dissolve nerve knots on them, by my own experience, so no doubt that it will definitely be the alternative to save your life because your spine is your life.
    Thank you for your very well informed post.

    1. That is comforting to know that you have tried acupuncture and it has been successful for you! I am very excited to see how it works on my back! Thank you Pablo!

  7. This method of medical care has always fascinated me. Some think it’s a bunch of “hokus pokus” but I disagree. If medical insurance covers treatments like this, then surely it must work in some ways.

    Out of curiosity, do you think this would benefit someone who has scoliosis?

    1. Sometimes when people are not familiar with something, they shy away or think negatively. After having gone through the pain I did, I am open to a lot more. What a great statement, insurance would not back something they did not believe works! Although it would not solve the problems of scoliosis, it would definitely help with the pain!

  8. Joo says:

    Kim’s story is absolutely amazing! So much difference at just one session!
    I personally totally believe in acupuncture. It is what helped me to conceive my first child. After trying for close to two years, with conventional medicine, and no success, we finally found a reputable chinese doctor. My husband and I dutifully went for weekly acupuncture sessions, and finally had good news after 7 months. It takes time, but it is natural, and stimulates the body to reach better levels of health, to do what it is meant to do.
    And thanks for the reminder that we should always find a reputable practitioner, that is so very important.

    1. What an unbelievable story Joo!! That is just beautiful! I am so happy for you and feel so lucky that acupuncture was the reason behind it! Congratulations to your family!

  9. Derek Marshall says:

    Hi there,

    Just to clarify for others I am not the Derek spoken about in this article, I have more than suffered from sciatica having during a freakish road accident and cut the sciatic nerve in two places!.

    I Just wish to thank you for the idea of trying out acupuncture as I am semi-paralyzed in my food and completely in my big toe (kinda hard to get shoes on!)

    1. Delanee says:

      I keep hearing more and more great reviews on acupuncture! You never know what could happen, if not just bring you some great relief! I am glad you are okay!

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