We feel pain because some agent is stimulating the "pain" receptors in our skin or body. Most of the time we know exactly what that agent is - physical trauma. However, as we grow older, other things may cause us pain due to peripheral neuropathy (PN). Neuropathy is a term that simply means that something is seriously interfering with the normal metabolism and physiology of a nerve cell. PN means that there is neuropathy outside of the brain and spinal cord.
Other causes of PN besides physical injury are parasites, bacterial and viral infections, malnutrition, autoimmune disorders, inherited conditions, toxins, environmental stressors and the result of diseases like diabetes.
Pain is always the result of inflammation. Nerves are very "fast" metabolizers and need lots of energy and oxygen. Inflammation directly causes a reduction of oxygen and energy in tissues. Thus, the first thing that we need to do is to get rid of the inflammation. The second is to work on getting rid of the cause of the inflammation.
How can TCM Help?
Acupuncture therapy is a very good means of reducing inflammation. It shortens the inflammatory phase, accelerates the repair process and stimulates the remodeling of tissue after injury. It also has been shown to stimulate the secretion of substances within the body that play a major role in the mechanisms associated with pain reduction. Low-level lasers are very safe and are non-invasive.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are geared to dealing with pain and the causes of pain in whatever form. Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine is quite an advanced study (over 4000 years) and herbs are a natural resource. The combination of acupuncture and Chinese Herbs is tailored to the signs and symptom which each person displays.
The treatment for any individual is unique to that person according to their signs and symptoms. The course of treatment will change to follow how the person is responding to the prescribed treatment according to the changes in the signs and symptoms.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are a comparatively, inexpensive and effective in dealing with many tyres of pain. This is the good method of pain management since they treat the root causes of pain, not just the symptoms.
"According to medical research in the latest issue of ‘Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology’, mounting evidence now supports the effectiveness of acupuncture to treat chronic pain, proving acupuncture is effective, safe, and cost-effective, when performed by well-trained healthcare professionals such as ours."
If pain is debilitating your potential, Dr Li's TCM Clinic may help treat the root causes of your pain to give you relief and live a happier life. Call us now
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