Post Surgery Numbness – How Acupuncture Can Be Used to Treat Numbness After Surgery

Many people have post surgery numbness that can compromise the quality of their life.

Numbness can be really problematic because that part of the body just feels like it’s missing and kind of dead. Regular daily activities like bathing and knowing if something is too hot or too cold, or even wet or if someone is touching you are hard to do when you have numbness and can’t feel a part of yourself.

  • A 47 year old woman had to have most of her tongue removed because of cancer. The surgeon built her a new tongue using muscle from her forearm but she was left with significant numbness in that area. A large part of her inner arm is scarred over and is totally numb. After five acupuncture treatments the numbness is diminishing and she has begun to recover sensation in that area. She is so grateful and says that she is lucky to have found acupuncture.
  • A 48 year old man had an inguinal hernia repaired surgically and was left with numbness in the area of his groin which diminished his sexual function. After three acupuncture treatments the numbness had gone and his sexual abilities were restored.
  • Surgeons took tissue from a 46 year old woman’s lower abdomen to reconstruct both of her breasts following her bi-lateral mastectomy for cancer. This left her with a large ropey scar across her belly and numbness over the whole area. After eight acupuncture treatments the numbness was mostly gone.
  • A 77 year old woman had extensive face lift surgery that left her with numbness in several areas of her scalp. Three acupuncture treatments stopped the numbness.

Acupuncture is a part of Chinese Medicine which has existed for 1,000s of years and over its history millions of people have been treated with Acupuncture, all over the world. Acupuncture is based on the idea that the body has energy that flows along specific pathways like the blood flows through the circulatory system. These energy pathways are called meridians and the energy within them is believed to nourish and maintain the activity and health of the tissue through which they travel. Doctors of Chinese Medicine believe that when a person has surgery or lacerations due to an accident that the meridians are cut and the flow of energy is interrupted which results in numbness. Acupuncture enables the normal flow of energy and this heals the cut meridian which restores normal sensation and eliminates numbness.

Even though medical science has yet to figure out exactly how acupuncture works, doctors today commonly recommend acupuncture to their patients for many different conditions, not only post surgery numbness. They do this because they have seen so many of their patients with all kinds of conditions benefit from having acupuncture treatment.

The people I’ve described are only a few of the many cases of post surgery numbness that I have treated in my decades’ long career in acupuncture, as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, and in the Pain Management Center at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital.