Oriental medicine's treatment of disk herniation is comprised of acupuncture and herb treatment. Acupuncture helps relax rigid muscles and relieve pain and numbness. It also promotes the self-healing function of the human body. Herbal medicine is used to reduce inflammation and to balance the spinal muscle tensions. In later phases, through exercise therapy, acupuncture is used to prevent the recurrence of disk in orthodontic treatment and to help the patient return to everyday life. Oriental medicine's treatment of disk herniation is a good way to naturally heal the herniation and to prevent the recurrence of pain.

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Herniated disk

A herniated disk refers to a problem with one of the disks between the spines. A spinal disk is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when some of the softer “jelly” pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior.

A herniated disk can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. On the other hand, many people experience no symptoms from a herniated disk. Most people who have a herniated disk don’t need surgery to correct the problem.

Disk herniation is most often the result of a gradual, aging-related wear and tear called disk degeneration. As you age, your spinal disks lose some of their water content. That makes them less flexible and more prone to tearing or rupturing with even a minor strain or twist. Sudden trauma such as car accidents, lifting heavy objects or poor posture when sitting and working can also lead to a herniated disk.