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Acute/Chronic Pain Relief

Pain has a specific function:

It makes you aware that you are suffering from some sort of tissue damage and alerts you to be careful until your body heals itself.

Acute Pain

Acute pain is a new pain that can start suddenly or have a slow onset. It can be anywhere in your body, but most complaints are:

  • Musculo-skeletal (i.e. tension/ sprain/ strain/ injury to joints/ muscles/ tendons/ bones; sciatica, disc prolapse, gout, ..)

  • Headache/ Migraines

  • Stomach/ abdominal pain

  • Ear or Eye pain

  • Nerve pain

Chronic pain

If you don’t manage to get rid of your pain for 3 months, it is considered chronic.

In some cases, the cause of the pain – the initial injury or illness - has long healed, but the pain sensation remains.

Alternatively, some tissue damage may become permanent (i.e. arthritis). In chronic pain, your body constitution (according to Chinese medicine principles) becomes more important.

The question shifts from 'where is the pain' to 'why doesn't your body let go of the pain'.

Chronic pain often presents with a long list of other symptoms, such as

  • Insomnia

  • Tiredness

  • Mood changes (anxiety, depression)


Each kind of pain is linked to a specific type of stagnation with its respective acupuncture points and Chinese medicinal herbs.

When you come to your appointment, we will

  • Discuss your specific presentation

  • Have a quick look at tongue and pulse, the two main CM diagnostic tools

  • Agree on a treatment plan (i.e. (electro-) acupuncture, herbs, moxa, cupping)

  • Start treatment

If you want to discuss your specific signs and symptoms and see what CM can do for you or want to make an appointment:

Contact the Clinic or Book Online

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