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Can acupuncture do anything for nerve damage such as loss of sensation?

A:  A great deal depends on the cause and extent of the nerve damage.

There is a very small amount of evidence for nerve regeneration in animals after the use of acupuncture treatment, but nothing of which we are aware from work on human beings. There will be stories on the internet of people who were diagnosed with nerve damage and who have recovered movement and sensation, but there may not always be attributable to the treatment. In general, once a nerve has been damaged with consequent loss of function or sensation, that's that.

However, there are occasions when something which causes nerve damage doesn't but does affect the flow of energy in the body in a way which reflects nerve damage. This is most common in cases of scarring where after a major operation people can often report 'dead' patches on a limb or reduced movement. Like any flow once something has been interrupted it will continue to be interrupted until something is done to reconnect it, and most of us have had the experience of treating someone as simply as a kind of 'joining  the dots' across scar tissue and seeing some quite extraordinary changes.

However, without a great deal more information to go on it would be remiss of us to start guessing at long distance. The best advice is to visit a BAcC member local to you so that they can see exactly what is going on and offer a more professional view based on what they observe. Most are happy to do this with prospective patients when we are not sure whether acupuncture is a good option, and most of us don't charge for this. This also gives you a chance to see where someone works and a chance to see whether they are someone you feel comfortable with before committing yourself to treatment

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