A herniated disc is a rupture or tear of the cartilage that surrounds the vertebral discs. Pressure from the vertebrae above and below the affected disc squeezes the cushioning substance out of the disc which can press against spinal nerve roots. This can cause severe leg pain and may cause nerve damage. Acupuncture can help to alleviate the pressure from the compressed vertebrae by reducing swelling and inflammation. Acupuncture also reduces the pain associated with herniated discs.
Whether or not you receive surgery for this condition, acupuncture can alleviate these associated symptoms. If your symptoms are not severe, then acupuncture treatments may help you to avoid surgery.