Pain Management and Pain relief with Traditional Chinese Medicine
Pain management is one of the key areas that Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) is recognised for and TCM uses a holistic approach for treating pain by encouraging natural healing and improving the general constitution of your body.
Chinese medicine treatment may be able to assist with:
- Management of pain, stress and fatigue related to some autoimmune disorders, in consultation with other treating health practitioners
- Management of pain, fatigue and nausea related to many chronic diseases
- Pain relief and management
- Chronic pain related to depression by managing the underlying chronic pain
The treatments may be able ease the symptoms associated with knee osteoarthritis and chronic lower back pain.
TCM treatments may be able to improve the recovery time 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 drug-free and time proven methods can be used individually or in combination to address the symptoms of your pain. Chinese medicine is generally considered to be safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner, but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases.
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 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 manage your pain. You should 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.