Pain Management and Pain Treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine
Pain management is one of the key areas that Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) is recognised for. TCM uses a holistic approach for treating pain throughout the entire body, by encouraging natural healing and improving the general constitution of your body.
So that you can be pain free . . . naturally.
The treatments can ease a very wide range of acute and chronic pain conditions such as musculo-skeletal pain, arthritic pain, joint pain, neurological pain, gynaecological and urogenita discomfort, and psycho-emotional suffering.
Specific examples include sciatica, arthritis, neck and back pain, headaches/migraines, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, digestive pain, rheumatic pain, knee problems, gout, foot pain, frozen shoulder, post operative pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pain from traumatic injuries such as sprains, swelling, bruises and burns. TCM treatments can improve the recovery time, prevent reoccurrences, and reduce the requirement for chemical pain killers and other medications which may have unpleasant side effects.
Traditional Chinese medicine is an integrated system that uses a variety of means to restore and maintain your health, depending on your individual needs. These safe, drug-free and time proven methods can be used individually or in combination to address the underlying causes of your pain, rather than just the symptoms.
The Pain Relief Methods used in Chinese Medicine
- Acupuncture inserts fine needles in the appropriate meridian points to stimulate the body’s natural healing and repair processes. Acupuncture can be used with moxibustion.
- Massage, cupping, acupressure and gua sha to increase blood flow to the painful area, remove stagnation and balance the body systems.
- Herbal medicine formulas in pill or capsule form work in a variety of ways to reduce stiffness, control bruising, lessen swelling, stimulate blood circulation, relieve pain and promote healing.
- Pain relieving plasters are adhesive dressings that have been coated with herbal formulations and are applied directly to the skin. Useful for muscle injuries, strains and muscle tightness.
- Ointments that are applied externally to the skin. An example is a cream for first and second degree burns, or a liniment for sprains and sports injuries.
- Diet therapy. To get the most out of the treatments, you may need to adopt an appropriate diet and lifestyle, including Chinese dietary therapy for good health.
The time that it takes to resolve your pain will depend on a number factors including the nature of the pain, the severity of your condition, how long you have had the pain, age, lifestyle issues and the overall condition of your body. The ideal approach is to provide short term results as well as longer lasting pain relief by addressing the underlying and deeper issues; which usually takes more than one treatment.
During the first consultation, your practitioner will work with you to assess your pain and develop a treatment plan that is designed to heal your body. You will start to feel the benefits after the initial session. Further treatments are usually necessary for a gradual improvement with each successive treatment. Patients are encouraged to participate in their own healing process.
For more information on pain management, please see our pages for injuries, headaches and migraines, arthritis, tendonitis, period pain, menopause, depression, panic and anxiety, hayfever and musculoskeletal pain.