Submitted By: garyjp9
My mother is 87 years old and is suffering from spinal stenosis (quite normal for her age) and severe sciatica in her left leg. The pain extends to her foot. She was treated by an acupuncturist with many needles around her body via the "balance method." It only brought temporary relief. Moreover, her left ankle swelled up for the next two days. This happened twice. She has never experienced such swelling before or after and has no heart condition.
---Has anyone ever heard of this type of edema in response to acupuncture?
---She does not like needles. Can sciatica be treated with fewer needles and in a more localized fashion than with the balance method?
Thank you, Gary