Chronic pain is the third most common health-care problem (behind heart disease and cancer) in the United States. If you suffer from chronic pain, you often find yourself in a pain cycle: Pain causes lack of exercise, which induces chronic fatigue, depression, muscle tension, etc. All these lead to more pain. This pain cycle lowers the quality of your life.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), pain is the end result of blockage of Qi and Blood, two vital elements in our body. Qi and Blood flow through the meridian system to support body tissues. In your life, disease or injury can block the meridian system so that a part of your body or an organ is unable to get enough nutrition through Qi and Blood. Pain symptoms ensue. Pain management by acupuncture and TCM centers on removing the blockage. How can this be done? We take into consideration both external and internal causes for the pain. External causes include but not limit to seasonal changes and your living conditions and habits. Internal causes include injury, emotional changes and organ deficiencies. Acupuncture, herbal medicine and other TCM treatment restore the circulation of Qi and Blood in order to balance your energy. This way the tissues, organs and other bodily parts become healthy again.
Acupuncture is clinically-proven effective in pain management for almost all kinds of acute and chronic pain conditions such as migraines, neuralgia, neck pain, back pain, herniated disc, TMJ, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, frozen shoulder, shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, dysmenorrhea, injury-related pain, surgical pain and cancer pain. Neurological and other research have discovered that acupuncture can cure and even prevent pain by acting on the nervous system and by stimulating the body to produce biochemical substances such as endorphins.
Chinese herbs can be effective in pain management as well. Based on a patient's condition, many herbs are combined to enhance the power of the treatment and reduce the side effects. Herbal medicine can be used internally as well as externally. They are typically taken in the form of tea, capsules or concentrated powder.
Pain management is a holistic concept, that is, all things must be considered. Along with acupuncture and other TCM treatment, we offer you consultation of healthy life style, diet, exercise and other "dos and don'ts" in order to help you stay away from the pain cycle and enjoy the life the way you deserve.