Acupuncture for Sciatica

People around the world turn to acupuncture for sciatica pain and it is one of the most common patient complaints. Sciatica is one of the most common, misunderstood causes of recurrent pain. Those who suffer from chronic pain located in the back are more likely to develop sciatica, but it can strike anyone.

Did you know that as many as 40% of all people will develop sciatica in their lifetime?

Patients often report that sciatica affects the quality of life, reduces economic efficacy, and even interferes with social outings. The most common treatments for sciatica pain include epidural steroid injections, pain killers, cold/hot therapy, and surgery.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and, specifically, acupuncture offer a safe, gentle, and noninvasive alternative or supportive therapy to these treatments.

Acupuncture has proven time and time again to help people struggling with sciatica. The condition is characterized by nervy, nagging paints that radiate through the back or side of the leg and buttock. It can affect both legs, and the pain can also extend to the calf.

The causes of sciatica vary, but it almost always involves a tight piriformis muscle. This muscle presses on the sciatic nerve, causing discomfort along its length, resulting in the characteristic sciatic pain.

How Does TCM Work for Sciatica?

From the perspective of TCM, sciatica is ultimately caused by blocked qi and blood flow in the body. These blockages get in the way of proper circulation, leading to pain, degeneration, and inflammation.

Acupuncture offers safe and gentle treatment that can balance the flow of blood and qi, naturally restoring your body’s muscle and nerve tissues. This practice is also relaxing, which can improve an overall sense of wellbeing while quelling muscle spasms.

The scientific community does not dispute the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating sciatica. While studies are limited, there is also extensive research regarding acupuncture for the relief of chronic pain.

From a Western medicine standpoint, acupuncture also has the following benefits.


Impacts your nervous system and how your brain perceives pain signals


Relaxes your muscles


Reduces inflammation


Releases endorphins, which are natural opioid painkillers


Improves circulation


Reduces emotional stress

What to Expect from Your Treatment

Depending on the severity of your sciatica—along with your lifestyle and existing conditions—your professional with recommend a combination of modalities. Your acupuncture professional will also provide recommendations on treatment frequency to ensure the effective treatment of your sciatica.


Acupuncture is a treatment method based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The practitioner inserts very thin needles in specific points (Acu-points) along energy pathways (meridians). The stimulation of these points helps to adjust and balance the flow of energy and restore health.  


Electro-Acupuncture aims to stimulate the body’s healing processes by sending electrical impulses through the channels, muscles, and nerves. Electro-Acupuncture is most commonly associated with pain management as it promotes the release of neurotransmitters such as beta-endorphin, a natural analgesic (pain reducer).


Cupping is a treatment method based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The practitioner uses glass cups to apply suction, stimulate blood flow, improve the circulation of energy (Qi) and rejuvenate energy pathways (meridians). In China, the earliest recorded use of cupping that is from the famous Taoist herbalist, Ge Hong (281–341 AD).


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has developed over more than 2000 years. It includes herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (Tui Na), exercise (Qi Gong), and dietary therapy. Herbal medicine is one of the main branches of TCM.

Lifestyle Changes

Fom posture correction to ergonomic adjustments and stress management techniques, we provide the tools and support you need to alleviate discomfort and regain mobility. Start your journey towards lasting relief today.


An individualized program will be created to strengthen your core, improve flexibility, and stretch key muscle groups to target the source of discomfort. An at home exercise plan will help to ensure that sicatica treatment is effective and long-lasting.