How Traditional Chinese Medicine is Multidimensional for treating pain
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been successfully and scientifically proven to holistically treat many forms of pain or discomfort. Various causes of pain such as neurological, muscular, or of rheumatic nature can all be treated with TCM. TCM and acupuncture are the typical modalities to treat pain, however, since every individual’s pain experience is significant to them so are the treatments. At Huatuo Clinic our skilled practioners may choose to combine different practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine to not only relieve pain but to also treat symptoms that also accompany the main complaint. Combinations of acupuncture, cupping, tui na massage, or moxibustion, and herbal formulas are a few examples of treatment strategies. Signs and symptoms such as insomnia, fatigue, stress, anxiety, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalance are often associated with pain and can be simultaneously treated with any of the above techniques.
The sensation of pain is felt through a chain reaction beginning at the central nervous system. The brain senses that the body is in need of a stress response. Epinephrine is released to signal other hormones that a stress response is to be activated. Encephalin peptides are released from the brain and spinal cord to bind to pain receptors to release pain sensations to the body. At the same time, norepinephrine circulates through the blood to heighten the brain’s focus to initiate the stress response. Epinephrine and norepinephrine act to inhibit the body’s ability to feel pain by contracting blood vessels to increase blood flow to go to larger muscle groups for the stress reaction. Endorphins bind to pain receptors in the central nervous system to reduce the sensation of pain. When the brain releases higher levels of endorphins, the negative effects from pain and stress appear to be felt less.
When the brain constantly senses stress and keeps the body in a stress response state this may negatively impact many systems and can be the cause of chronic pain symptoms or addtional diseases.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is functioned to rebalance the body by healing the impact from external causes most commonly stress. Hence why more than one complaint may be treated at once.
The foundations of TCM state that qi energy and blood must flow freely through the meridian pathways to not only maintain homeostasis but to keep the body functioning at its best. If qi and blood cannot circulate through the meridians effectively to fuel the body, this may result in pain and or other symptoms.
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