Pain, Sciatica, Bone Fractures, Traumatic Injury, Post-Surgery Support
On this page you can find a brief discussion about pain, sciatica, bone fractures, traumatic injury, post-surgery support according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes in terms of Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.
Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principles, concepts, language, and treatment methods from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. This also helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
- Qi - means energy. Qi is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in this realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.
- Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
- Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.
- Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.
- Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.
- Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.
- Meridian – another term for energy channel.
Pain of all types, sciatica, bone fractures, traumatic injury, and post-surgery support are grouped together in this discussion because they all involve significant impact to the energy system and blood flow. Consequently, the physiological imbalances incurred are the same as well as the treatment methodology. Pain anywhere in the body, whether from physical impact causing the trauma or due to surgery, is the consequence of obstruction to the energy flow and blood flow in the body. Because energy and blood cannot flow, pain is produced in the areas of obstruction. Where energy and blood stagnate depends on the locality and meridians being impacted.
According to Chinese medicine, these physiological imbalances take place involving significant pain or impact to the body:
- Qi and blood stagnation (always present in all types of pain and surgery)
- Excess damp (if left untreated over time, damp build-up causes further obstruction and more problems)
- Excess heat or cold (due to the obstructed flow and distribution of qi and blood throughout the body)
In treating pain of all types, sciatica, bone fractures, traumatic injury, and post-surgery we use acupuncture and Chinese herbs to achieve these healing effects:
- Open energy channels.
- Move qi and blood.
- Disperse qi stagnation.
- Break up blood stagnation.
- Drain heat and/or fluid retention.
- Reduce pain, swelling, inflammation, or distention.
- Nourish qi and blood to assist the healing of tissue.
- Quicken the healing process.
Post-surgery support: It is very important to have Chinese medicine treatment after a surgery. In our mental conception surgery is a medical procedure; to the body it is a traumatic impact. Regardless of the healing intention of surgery, the subsequent side-effects are stagnation of qi and blood that if left untreated, will cause pain and other complications after the surgery or at some future time. The sooner we clear the stagnations the better.
The initial course of treatment is six to twelve weekly sessions depending on the nature and severity of the condition. A period of maintenance is required to assist the body in deeper healing. Usually patients achieve significant improvement within the initial of phase of treatment, however healing is not yet finished at a deeper level. This is why continuing maintenance treatment is essential to assist the body until healing is complete.
An in-depth assessment and individually tailored treatment recommendation are conducted in person as there may be pre/existing factors of one's health that influence the condition of interest.