Pain is not an unknown phenomenon. Above all, it is an alarm signal. And yet we ignore pain often enough. When it becomes unbearable, we take pills. Until at some point even these no longer help. But above all, conventional painkillers do not fight the causes, but only mask the symptoms. This is where Traditional Chinese Medicine comes into play in many cases. It has not only a solution ready, but a whole bundle of possibilities to treat the pain in the best possible way.
We like to justify the pain of modern man with the fact that we move too little nowadays, sit too much. But even those who do sports are not immune to pain, for example tennis elbow. Whenever loads are one-sided, pain can occur, which can also become chronic if left untreated. Who does not have back pain? Traditional Chinese Medicine has a long history and its wisdom is still modern and applicable today.
TCM for pain
TCM understands pain as a stagnation of the life force Qi and blood Xue in the truest sense of the word. The practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine will always grasp his patient quite literally, i.e. touch him, and thereby gain initial insights into the person. This approach puts the person in the center. If it is recognized what is causing the pain, an individual therapy can usually be created. Conventional painkillers, on the other hand, are less effective. They can relieve blockages and alleviate pain in the short term, but they do not get to the root of the problem. The nervous stimulus connection between the pain site and the brain is more or less interrupted when medication is administered, or other pain damping mechanisms are triggered, but the stagnation of Qi and Xue is still present unchanged. When the effect of the tablet subsides, the pain usually returns undiminished. In addition, with regular administration, there are often side effects.
Many possibilities of TCM
The individual TCM therapy uses several possibilities, primarily acupuncture. Moxibustion and Chinese medicinal herbs lift the stagnation again according to TCM teachings and can permanently switch off the pain as a symptom.
Especially the classical TCM acupuncture has proven itself as an effective therapy against pain, because it can often locally dissolve the stagnation in the so-called meridians described in TCM.
The Chinese medicinal herbs can help when it is not only a matter of local stagnation, but of systemic stagnation, i.e. one of the whole body. According to the ideas of TCM, they can build up energy and stimulate blood flow in specific areas of the body, e.g. head, shoulders or back, in order to dissolve the pain.
Basically, TCM is not accepted by conventional medicine, because the pathophysiological ideas are very different from Western medicine. However, some TCM treatments are already recognized by supranational authorities. This is especially true for acupuncture, which is recognized by the WHO for many indications, especially in the field of pain therapy.