Conquering Pain With Traditional Chinese Medicine
Even though we have all felt pain at some point in our lives, describing it accurately to a medical practitioner can be complicated. Pain is the main reason people visit their local doctor as it is one of the most common symptoms we experience. Pain is the way our body tells us something is wrong. But what do we know about pain & the best way to treat it?
Pain is usually explained as a damaging physical feeling. It can be acute or chronic, depending on how long a person has been suffering and how long it is expected to last. Pain can also be classified according to its origin or location. Usually a combination of these is used to describe pain as accurately as possible.
Pain In Western Medicine
Most people today have been raised with what is sometimes called modern or Western medicine. Within Western medicine when a person feels pain the first goal is to decrease the amount of pain by using heat, cold or pain killers. After this, health practitioners usually look for the cause of the pain and treat it with medicine, surgery or therapy if needed. Eastern or traditional medicine does the opposite: treat the cause first so that the symptoms dissipate.
What Causes Pain?
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine pain occurs when there’s an imbalance between the yin-yang duality, the qi and the blood. The cause of this imbalance could be emotional, pathogenic, an injury or environment-related (wind, cold, heat or humidity).
Yin-yang refers to the presence of opposite forces that work together in a complementary way. Sometimes they are explained as dark, fire or feminine for yin; and bright, water or masculine for yang. When cold and hot are talked about in Traditional Chinese Medicine, they are used in yin and yang terms not physical cold and heat (such as ice packs or heat therapy).
The qi is the vital force that is part of every living being. When a person is healthy, the flow of their qi is balanced. When there isn’t enough qi or blood, the yin and yang become out of balance. The qi and the blood can also become unbalanced when they are blocked in one area of the body. Both of these situations can produce physical pain.
The goal of Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments is to find the cause of the imbalance and resolve it using traditional practices.
Herbal Approach To Pain Treatment
Traditional Chinese Medicine uses thousands of plants as medical treatments, this is called phytotherapy. Most often than not, these plants are used in specific combinations designed to have an effect on either the yin or the yang and help the patient.
Creating these blends requires expertise and takes time. 3B Scientific now offers a variety of phytotherapy products by Fitoki. Fitoki offers 27 formulas created by Traditional Chinese Medicine experts based on traditional blends. Since all treatments should be personalized to the person and the imbalance they suffer, there are also 16 variants that can be used to complement treatment. The possible combinations of formulas and variants allow for the treatment of over 900 afflictions.
Acupuncture Approach To Pain Treatment
Acupuncture, unlike phytotherapy, has become a household concept in Europe and America. Most people know someone who has received an acupuncture treatment or have experienced it themselves. Acupuncture involves the use of very thin needles that are inserted into the skin in certain areas of the body that will allow for a better flow of the qi.
At 3B Scientific, we now stock MOXOM needles made of German stainless steel. They come in a range of three handles (plastic, copper and steel) and in different sizes, so that acupuncturists can always have the right tools to hand.
Phytotherapy and acupuncture can be used together or on their own depending on the preference of the patient and the recommendations of their health practitioner. The World Health Organisation has been working since 2014 to promote the use of regulated and safe traditional practices around the world. Phytotherapy and acupuncture are two of those practices.