TCM Pain Management Treatment


Pain is one of the most common complaints. It signals danger and alerts us that something needs to be done immediately to avoid damage.

Pain is a subjective first-person experience. Everybody’s perception and tolerance to pain is different. However, acute or chronic pain can all have many negative consequences. It affects sleep quality, emotional health, libido and overall quality of life. Most chronic pain worsens over time, and eventually weighs on the body, not to mention all the medical expenses and reduction in productivity.

How do we treat pain?
Throughout the years, we have earned an good reputation of effective pain management. The TCM protocols we adopt are as follow :
  1. Chinese herbal medicine (ZhongCaoYao 中草药): Prescribed according to patient’s natural constitution. Many herbs with Qi-mobilizing property are also analgesics, such as Corydalis (YanHuSuo), Salvia miltiorrhiza (DanShen) and Panax pseudoginseng (ChuanQi), as well as formulas like DangGuiNianTongTang, ShengTongZuYuTang, DuHuoJiShengTang and etc.
  2. TCM Massotherapy (TuiNa 推拿): TCM Massotherapy is non-invasive form of therapy, and unlike many other aspects of TCM, it works directly on the problem area. It is especially efficacious in the treatment of muscle related injuries or pains; in fact, one can hardly avoid TCM Massotherapy (TuiNa) as a treatment option when it comes to such problems.
  3. Cupping therapy (BaGuan 拔罐): Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin. Practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire). Cupping Therapy is being used by Olympic athletes such as Michael Phelps. It is used to treat various forms of pain Eg. Backache. Cupping also is used on back, neck, shoulder and other musculoskeletal conditions.
  4. Acupuncture (ZhenJiu 针灸): Acupuncture needle can reach deeply to the core of pain, and stimulate the brain to release endorphins that alleviate pain. Using a combination of local and distant acupoints can provide effective pain relief. In case of low back pain, physician may place needle at the site of pain and at Wei Zhong (委中) acupoint in popliteal space (behind the knee)
  5. Skin Scraping (GuaSha 刮痧): Skin Scraping is usually used when a patient has pain whether associated with an acute or chronic disorder. There may be aching, tenderness and/or a knotty feeling in the muscles. Palpation reveals Sha when normal finger pressure on a patient’s skin causes blanching that is slow to fade. In addition to resolving musculo-skeletal pain, Skin Scraping can be used to treat any chronic disorder involving pain, congestion of Qi and Blood.
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