Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture in Pain Management
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is well known for its effectiveness in pain management and is one of the oldest medical systems in the world, dating back more than 2000 years. The most commonly used therapies in TCM are Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Cupping and Tuina. Without question, Traditional Chinese Medicine can be a very effective method for someone dealing with pain, whether it is due to acute pain from an injury, chronic pain from arthritis or a past injury, pain that is associated with a chronic illness, or even unexplained pain.
Another area that TCM is known for is its reputation in helping the body recover after an injury or illness. Ongoing complaints after an injury or health related problem are common scenarios and TCM can be a valuable treatment for ongoing problems after a challenging health event.
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that a vital energy, “Qi,” flows through the body and performs multiple functions to maintain health. It is believed that pain results from a blockage or imbalance of Qi which runs through the natural energetic pathways in the body, known as meridians. TCM therapies set out to reestablish the correct flow of Qi in the meridians, in an attempt to bring the body back to health.
“If there is free flow, there is no pain. If there is pain, there is no free flow.” ~Ancient Chinese proverb
Traditional Chinese Medicine can be effective in treating the following conditions
- Arthritis, Joint pain
- Pain related to a chronic illness
- Pain caused by a motor vehicle accident
- Post-surgical pain
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Neuropathic (nerve) pain
- Headaches, Migraines
- Tennis elbow, Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Neck, shoulder, back, knee and ankle injuries
- Low-back pain
- Disk problems
- Unexplained chronic pain
Chronic Pain Management
Chronic pain can occur as a result of an unresolved injury from the past, or may be a symptom of an internal condition due to a chronic illness. In some cases, a person may also experience unexplained long-term pain even without an initial injury or illness. TCM can be very effective in treating chronic pain. Years of suffering from chronic pain can also affect one’s emotional and psychological state. Within the treatment, we will address these as well in order to help improve quality of life and well-being.
Diseases or conditions that may have pain associated with them
- Auto-immune conditions
- All types of Arthritis
- Cancer or pain caused as a result of cancer treatments ie. chemotherapy or radiation
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Liver Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Gastrointestinal Diseases