Pain Management


US Military Recognizes Acupuncture as a Therapy for Pain Management


According to Editor-in-Chief, Colonel (Ret.) US Navy, Richard Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH,  acupuncture and has demonstrated its effectiveness in pain control. Click to  learn more about article that expands about  US Military using Acupuncture as a complementary therapy .

Merle Friedman is an advocate of acupuncture to help solve a large range of health issues and in particular she has demonstrated an immediate pain relief  by using her acupuncture skills. According to Merle’s first hand experience and feedback from her clients, acupuncture, when performed by a competent acupuncture physician,  can be very effective in pain management.

Chronic pain problems such as: back pain, carpal tunnel, depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress can addressed by using a regular pain management program centered around acupuncture that can  effectively keep pain under control and  greatly minimize pain from interfering with a person’s quality of life.

Pain Management goes back thousands of years by the Chinese that have developed a framework and model without the technology of today to explain pain by the flow of energy and electrical impulses.  Much of what the ancient Chinese did to model pain is under investigation today and is being referenced with current biological processes such as muscle groups, hormonal messaging,  nerve chemical transfer between synapses and electrical messages within the nervous system.  In any case, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)  provides a simple and persistent model to explain Pain Management and is the basis of acupuncture to pin point location sites to ease pain.

TCM identifies patterns which may contribute to pain. TCM evaluates the condition of the different organs, the patient’s lifestyle and emotions, as well as traumatic incidents. Diagnosis is obtained by evaluating the appearance of the tongue, pulse, and in-depth questioning.

Qi is the vital source, the presence of which separates the living from the dead. Qi circulates in the body through 14 energy channels called meridians. Any disruption of this energy flow may result in pain, dysfunction, and ill-health. By stimulating certain points (acupoints) along these meridians, the acupuncturist can restore the normal flow and balance of Qi so the body systems can work together in harmony.

Acupuncture along with herbal therapy may be effective in treating sciatic discomfort, headaches, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back pain, sport injuries, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, and many more painful afflictions. Best of all, the therapy is designed to help your body heal itself without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.

Merle Friedman has practiced acupuncture as a Board Certified Acupuncture Physician in the Brandon area for over 7 years. Merle has been  devoted to helping people get pain relief as quickly as possible by developing her own Pain Management program. Merle is a skillful and knowledgeable acupuncturist that has gotten excellent results for her patients. Some of these results have been documented in Merle’s binder-of-patient-testimonials and are available at Merle’s Brandon office.

Over the years, many of Merle’s patients have given her  letters-of-appreciation and short notes that she has collected in a large binder about some of the wonderful results experienced by her acupuncture treatments. When you visit  Brandon Acupuncture Center and Wellness, ask Merle for the binder-of-patient-testimonials, so you can read first-hand about some of the great results in pain relief and appreciative feedback from her patients.


Call (813) 381-3835 or email Merle today to set up your first appointment to get rid of the pain — you will be glad you did.

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