Non-invasive Acupuncture and Chinese Healing Herbs for Back Pain Relief
Whether an injury, or just back pains and stiffness, the suggestions you find on this and our other back pain pages can be of great help.
If you’re a baby-boomer and growing older along with the rest of us, you may begin having backaches, knee pain etc., and since you prefer a natural pain relief, Chinese Herbal Remedies and our DIY non-invasive Acupuncture is one of your best choices. Chinese Medicine is rapidly gaining in popularity, including relief for back pain.
Causes of Back Pain.
In addition to sports injuries, lack of exercise and using the body carelessly is one of the major causes of back pains Many of us sit in front of a computer for too many hours a day and do not take breaks to stretch and move around enough to keep the vital energy moving so that the body remains flexible and strong.
Bad habits, such as slouching while reading or watching TV, or wearing shoes with no arch support while standing or walking can lead to back problems. A simple arch support may relieve back pain in such cases.
However, most situations are not that simple and require a knowledgeable health professional to determine what kind of back pain therapy is appropriate.
There can be hidden causes to pain – it can be caused by a kidney or bladder problem, constipation, abnormal curvature of the spine, excessive weight, female pelvic problems, osteoporosis, even emotions or stress.
The main cause of a chronic back and leg pain could be a herniated disk, therefore it’s important to have this checked out by an MRI or Xray. Visit a doctor, have appropriate tests performed and choose the back pain therapy best suited to the situation.
Chinese Medicine Back Pain Therapy Corrects Energy Imbalance
A sports injury suffered by a young person can be the sole cause of back pain. In TCM this would belong to a category called Chi and Blood Stasis. But the patterns of disharmony may overlap. For instance, acute or chronic rheumatic symptoms aggravated by damp and cold are often influenced by an underlying kidney deficiency.
In all cases, we have a disruption of energy and blood flow or a short supply of one or both.
Using Needle-less Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs treats the cause while providing Back Pain Relief.
Chi is a moving force that pervades all that exists. It adjusts to the qualities present in its environment and causes changes according to the physical or emotional influences. When plenty of Chi flows naturally the blood is nourished, the cell ‘pumps’ in vessels, muscles and ligaments fire with ample oxygen, the sodium/potassium intake and outflow is balanced, and through it we stay healthy, energetic and pain-free.
For most sports enthusiasts the first line of action after sports or other injury is to use an ice pack and to reach for painkillers. But more natural, effective and popular analgesic in China is ‘Scandent Schefflera – Qi Ye Lian’. It contains the root of Schefflera and Rz. Corydalis, a well known pain-relieving remedy. Another one is ‘Muscles and Bones Traumatic Injury Pill – Jin Gu Die Shang Wan’, which relieves pain as well as bruising and swelling in early stages of injury.
Liniments such as ‘Zheng Gu Shui’ or medicated plasters such as ‘Plaster for Bruise and Analgesic – Die Ta Zhi Tong Gao’ you can apply to the injured area (as long as the skin is intact).
Most of the Chinese Herbal Remedies recommended on our pages are available from a Chinese herbalist in your area
In a modified form, including medicines for back pain relief, are also available from North American manufacturers. In the Back Pain Supplements and Information section of www.herbalremedies.com you’ll find effective remedies in a pill or capsule form, or as liniments and plasters. You can even order a Natural Aspirin Alternative and a Back Support Belt if needed.
Remedies for Rheumatic Pain and Kidney Weakness
According to TCM, the kidneys are the foundation of life. As we get older our aches and pains are usually associated with Kidney weakness.
By studying our pages on Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture and how it corresponds to Western neuroscience gives you an understanding of your body’s strengths and weaknesses. By asking questions you’ll know which of the patterns of disharmony is predominant in your particular situation, and you’ll learn about the acupuncture points and the herbal remedies to be used as well as other ideas for your Back Pain Therapy.
There are many Chinese healing herb formulas that alleviate pain as well as nourish the kidney function. One of them is ‘Golden Deficient Kidney Pill or Jin Kui Shen Qi Wan’, which is also used in impotence, infertility and sexual dysfunction. Check out ‘Kidney Rejuvenator, ‘Arth-X Platinum’ and ‘Back Soothe Wellness Oil’.
One great thing about the above products is that they are 100% natural herbal remedies. They carry no preservatives, no artificial colours and no chemicals.
One Western natural product I always have on hand, have used it myself and recommended to my patients through the years is DMSO. Gently rub a few drops of it on the painful area. It penetrates through the skin and flushes out toxins and excess fluids, and it eases the pain.
You can also use other natural home remedies such as Pau d’Arco, Burdock, Horsetail herb, Comfrey, Slippery Elm and White Willow bark, which can be brewed and drank as a tea for back pain relief.
You may buy the following Back Pain Remedies from a Chinese Herbalist:
Scandent Schefflera – Qi Ye Lian
Muscles and Bones Traumatic Injury Pill – Jin Gu Die Shang Wan
Rectify Bone Liquid – Zheng Gu Shui – a liniment
Plaster for Bruise and Analgesic – Die Ta Zhi Tong Gao
Golden Deficient Kidney Pill or Jin Kui Shen Qi Wan
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Didn’t your mother or grandmother advice you to wear a hat and a scarf in a cold, rainy and windy weather in order to avoid cold and flu? Well, according to Ancient Chinese Medicine, if your immune system is impaired and you expose your head or neck to rain and cold wind, the muscles tighten preventing the harmonious Chi flow through ‘the wind and window of the sky points’.
The bacteria or viruses can then gain upper hand and cause cold and flu.
Also, keep your feet warm and dry! A research study confirms that exposing feet to a bucket of cold water leads to a runny nose and other common cold symptoms.
Difference between Cold and Flu Symptoms
As cold symptoms you first feel ‘run down – under the weather’ – with some chills. Then come runny nose, sneezing, scratchy throat and cough with chest discomfort, perhaps mild headache, but rarely a fever.
With a cold you might feel a little tired, but not extremely so – as you do when suffering from flu symptoms. And you still have appetite.
The symptoms come when you’re most unaware, often when under some kind of stress or worry. This applies to cold and flu.
One of hundreds of different viruses we carry or are exposed to, is the culprit. If we do not take right measures to stop the most virulent one from multiplying, it can cause a flu.
Here is a list of Flu Symptoms, they are swift and severe:
Tiredness(can be extreme)
Loss of appetite
Usually no stomach symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea (except in very young children).
With flu, you simply want to stay in bed for the first 3 to 5 days. Full recovery usually takes 1 to 2 weeks.
The flu can also be deadly for older and the weak, especially if they are suffering from chronic conditions.
Prevention of Cold and Flu
You do not have to be part of the ‘flu-herd’ of millions of people who fall victim to the contagious influenza bacteria and viruses each year.
The numbers of cold and flu sufferers are mind-boggling. The estimated 500 million cases a year cost US economy $40 billion. It causes more than 36 000 deaths and sends 200 000 people to the hospital each year in the US alone.
And think of the misery cold and flu symptoms bring to those who suffer through them, some of them have to live through agonizing headaches, muscle aches, fever, sweating, sore throat etc.
It’s best to become actively aware that Cold and Flu Prevention is the best method of all!
Check out the following pages of our site which also give advice and solutions such as D.I.Y. Needle-less Acupuncture and Chinese healing herbs on dealing with a cold or flu.