Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Can acupuncture help a frozen shoulder to move with less pain?
A: Acupuncture is very effective in helping a frozen shoulder as well as other joint pathologies. Usually you should notice marked improvement within four treatments, depending, of course, on how acute or chronic the problem is. It is reasonable to expect a full recovery after eight treatments. A licensed practitioner will be able to provide a better assessment of your condition and to determine whether other modalities such as cupping or moxabustion are suitable.
You may find the herbal supplement “Arthritis/Joint” particularly helpful in promoting the natural and healthy function of joints, or “Pain” to help relax your muscles and soothe pain. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.