Traditional Chinese medicine and pain management
TCM has a history of thousands of years and can be used to treat corporeal ailments like arthritis, tendinitis, gout, and sciatic pain, and internal issues such as depression and anxiety, insomnia, and migraines. Licensed TCM practitioners may carry a specialized designation like R.TCM.P, or R.Ac. for acupuncturists.
Pain management is one of the strengths of traditional Chinese medicine. While it has been used to treat a wide variety of ailments ranging from mood disorders to digestion problems, people who use TCM to treat pain—both situational and chronic—show good results. When deciding between Western medicine treatments and TCM (or a combination of the two), it might be helpful to consider the traditional Chinese medicine is holistic and natural, and rarely causes side effects.
Using a combination of acupuncture and herbal remedies, TCM practitioners can frequently reduce or even eliminate pain. Consider the follow two cases studies:
A patient sustained a twisting injury to his back and as a result couldn’t move at all. He complained of intense pain in his lumbar region. After a single acupuncture session, his mobility was restored and a full recovery was possible after a week of TCM treatment.
The effectiveness of TCM extends to chronic pain. In this case study, a patient had suffered for an entire year from a frozen shoulder (a painful and usually protracted condition where the sufferer cannot lift their arm). He has an extremely limited range of motion and dealt with constant pain in the area. Almost immediately after the first acupuncture treatment, the patient reported relief and an improved range of motion. One month of acupuncture resulted in a complete recovery.
The science behind how TCM treatments work for pain management is complex but the therapeutic benefits include relaxation of the tissues, reduced inflammation, increased blood flow circulation, and body function elevation, which all result in a faster recovery.
If you’re looking to for a non-invasive and holistic way to relieve pain, you might try traditional Chinese medicine treatments.