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 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, ..)
Stomach/ abdominal pain
Ear or Eye 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
Mood changes (anxiety, depression)
In Chinese medicine, PAIN EQUALS STAGNATION
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)
If you want to discuss your specific signs and symptoms and see what CM can do for you or want to make an appointment: