Acupuncture for Pain Conditions
Unlike conventional Western medical practice, Chinese medical treatment for pain begins with the practitioner taking a detailed history of the patient including many aspects of the patient’s life, such as diet, sleep habits, emotional patterns, bowel movements and urination, exercise and past health history, along with observations of the patient’s body shape, gait, posture and movement, an examination of the patient’s tongue, and palpation of the pulse and painful areas.
The most common Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment of pain is a combination of acupuncture and herbal medicines. Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin for the purpose of stimulating specific points in the body. This therapy is intended to recover the balance of energy in the body that has been lost in the pathogenic conditions, and is often accompanied by local massage and the use of moxibustion – a burning stick of dried herbs that applies heat to a specific area, much like a heating pad or hot water bottle for the pain relief and blood circulation improvement.
The whole treatment then achieves positive outcomes of repairing impairments, improving functions and promoting participations.
How Traditional Chinese Medicine relieves pain and improves wellbeing
According to practitioners and those who use this form of treatment, Traditional Chinese Medicine can do the following:
- Reduces the patient’s level of pain by reducing muscle tension and relieving nerve pinching;
- Improves both the patient’s pain tolerance and ability to deal with pain, regulates the negative emotions associated with pain such as fear, anxiety, frustration and depression;
- Increases energy levels and the patient’s ability to perform everyday functions;
- Reduces reliance on traditional oral medications;
- Enhances the quality of life.
What our patients had to say
*Dr. Jenny Li holds a PhD of Acupuncture from China, and is also a registered physician in China.