When Bill came to see me he stated that he had suffered from elbow pain for many months. Before his retirement he had worked in a warehouse, where he had to move things around, most likely he had lifted something heavy while working, which caused the strain and pain.
“Hardly noticeable first, the elbow joint pain became later unbearable, particularly at night after I had worked in the garden or carried heavy bags of groceries. The joints felt burning and were slightly swollen.
Visits to the doctor brought no relief. I tried painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications, to no avail. I could not lift grocery bags or my knapsack with such extreme pain.
After using the D.I.Y. Acupuncture stones in one treatment only, I had immediate relief. After eight treatments, the pain was totally gone.
I can lift heavy bags and objects with no problems. I recommend the holistic healing disks unequivocally. I continue to use them once a week to maintain a pain -free existence.”
Elbow Pain is often a result of an injury
Any kind of physical work where you have to lift or have repetitive movements of the arms such as moving things, plumbing, bricklaying etc. can cause strain with small tears in the tendons of the forearm.
This can happen in sports i.e. baseball, golf or tennis – that is why elbow pain is often referred to as a tennis elbow.
When the tendons are strained in a sudden movement you may experience a slight pain as it happens, and not using the elbow for a few days allows the self-healing energy of the body to take care of it.
If you suffer from an acute strain that causes minor elbow pain to apply ice pack on it immediately and use the joint as little as possible for a few days so that natural healing can take place.
Only after the tendons are totally healed should you start rebuilding the strength of the elbow.
However, if the condition is not treated, inflammation with calcium and mineral deposits can develop in the joints, which of course makes the pain worse. Neglecting to take care of the first signs can lead to serious problems.
Earlier injuries can later develop into osteoarthritis, a progressive disease which affects body joints. The cartilage breaks down and the loose bits of tissue cause inflammation, pain and poor function of the joint.
Ancient Acupuncture and Elbow Pain
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, any pain is a signal that Chi energy or/and blood are blocked, not moving in their natural way. Acupuncture helps increase and regulate movement within the energy and neural channels.
The results are often astounding, therefore Acupuncture has become a treatment of choice as alternative pain relief. The healing stones work on the ancient Acupuncture Principles.
In Bill’s case, Nano Acupuncture opened up the natural flow of energy and blood, flushing out the debris that had collected around and between the bones. This way the underlying problem was cleared, and the elbow pain was permanently erased.
The experience of a typical sciatica pain on the right side of my body stretched over a period of several years. Most of the time my lower back and leg pain was agonizing and I had to be super careful to keep my back, hip and leg warm at all times.
Searching for Pain Relief
When young, I was an avid cross country skier and remember having several minor accidents where I landed on my tail bone. I believe that those experiences were the beginning of my lower back pain, which through the years developed into a herniated disk and full-blown sciatica.
I searched and used many forms of therapy, particularly natural pain relief with Acupuncture and Chinese healing herbs, but the pain kept coming back when the weather was cold and damp. I had to be careful and use the above methods as soon as the first symptoms emerged.
As in any form of back pain therapy, it is important for you to know what the cause of sciatica is before you design an exercise program. After the diagnostic assessment, an acupuncturist or a physiotherapist can be of help.
In my case I learned that moving and doing exercises is better than bed rest. My choice was to incorporate a few Yoga stretches into my Non-invasive Acupuncture and Chi Kung self-healing program. This combination was helpful for many years.
A Small Surgery to Relieve Pain.
As I mentioned earlier, the cause of my pain was a herniated disc pressing on the root of the sciatic nerve. Finally, a micro-operation was done, which relieved the pressure and pain. For this, I am extremely thankful to our Western medicine and the skillful surgeon who performed the task!
Just in case you or your loved ones back and leg pain are caused by a herniated or a degenerative disc, have this checked out by an MRI or X-ray. If your doctor recommends a micro-operation, please consider it for it is a safe, one-day procedure which can make you permanently free of sciatica.
My body is still sensitive to cold and damp, and I continue to use the DIY acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, but now as a strengthening and preventive measure. This way my body stays completely pain-free and supple, I don’t get colds, I have good stamina, and I am happy. And I wish the same to you!
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the kidneys are the foundation of life. As we get older the aches and pains we experience are usually associated with Kidney Yin and/or Yang weakness.
One or a few visits to a well trained Chinese Medicine doctor in your area could give you an understanding of your body’s strengths and weaknesses. By asking questions you would know which of the patterns of disharmony are predominant in your particular situation and learn about the needle-less acupuncture for healing and rejuvenation.
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If you suffer from sciatic nerve pain and are searching for a mainstream or an alternative pain relief, it is a good idea to understand the possible causes of your pain.
On this page we consider Western classification. On our Sciatica Symptoms page you can find out how ancient Chinese Medicine differentiates it.
What is Sciatica?
The word sciatica itself is a medical term for a pain caused by low back conditions.
Experienced usually on one side of the body, the pain radiates down the back or outside of the leg along the nerve and/or its branches, often all the way to the ankle even toes. When it is consistently felt below the knee the condition is considered ‘genuine’ sciatica.
The root of the sciatic nerve, the longest peripheral nerve of the body, emerges from the spine in the lumbar area, where the nerve roots may become irritated, inflamed, compressed or some other way adversely affected. The cause of sciatic nerve pain could be one of these conditions.
Starting where the sciatic nerve emerges from the spinal canal in the lumbar area, a disk that is suppose to provide cushion between the vertebra, may have lost its shape and is now pressing on the nerve therefore causing sciatica symptoms.
The name Bulging Disk is used when the gel-like center pushes against the disk’s outer wall. And when the center breaks through the bulge, the condition is called a Herniated Disc. In both cases, the gel-like center presses on the root causing pain.
Herniated Disk results in a more severe condition because the disc material that leaks out contains an acidic chemical irritant (hyaluronic acid) that causes nerve inflammation.
Degenerative Disk Disease (DDD) is a result of an ageing process, which affects the healthy shape and function of the discs. This can result in a bulging or herniated disk and therefore in sciatic nerve pain.
Piriform Syndrome. The sciatic nerve runs under the piriformis muscle. From the lower back, this muscle connects to the thighbone and helps you rotate your hip. A muscle spasms in the Piriform can compress and cause pain. Not easily identified by X-ray or MRI, it may be difficult to diagnose and treat.
In Pregnancy the extra weight of the womb can cause pressure on the spine and compress the sciatic nerve. After the childbirth, the symptoms usually subside.
Spinal Stenosis. The nerves travel through the spinal canal and if the canal space in the lower back narrows because of a bone overgrowth, for instance, the pressure can be the reason for the sciatic nerve pain.
Spinal Tumors and Spinal Infections are rare but if this happens, they can compress the nerve causing pain.
In a condition called Spondylolisthesis, a vertebra slips over the one below it. This can pinch the nerve root leading to sciatica.
Trauma in the lower back as a result of an accident can cause a pinched nerve and therefore acute pain that radiates along the side or back of the leg.
It may also be that the body has had earlier injuries such as ski accidents, which I personally experienced when young. The pressure on the nerve root increases year by year finally manifesting in excruciating sciatic nerve pain.
In my case, the disk between the third and fourth lumbar vertebrae became herniated therefore pressing on the nerve root and causing the pain which increased slowly.
For years, the pains I experienced were treated with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Remedies but periodically, particularly when the weather was cold and damp, they returned with vengeance.
Eventually, a successful Micro Disectomy was performed, which set me permanently free from pain. For this, I am truly thankful for our modern medicine.
In addition to the above classification, the chronic back and leg pains can be seen as Rheumatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteo Arthritis and Gout.
Job Dissatisfaction, Stress or Emotional Distress are often correlated with both, acute and chronic back and sciatic nerve pain.
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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Are you or a loved one in need of an easy-to-use natural pain relief which you can access from your small kit wherever you are?
A Tourmaline Stone acupuncture system may just be the key to erase back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain – any kind of pain.
Healing Yourself with Non-invasive Acupuncture Disks
The disks are effective as a natural pain relief for most stress related illnesses. And since the disks last for years they can also provide a cheap, easy-to-use immune boosting and rejuvenating method. The method has been thoroughly tested and is being used in many hospitals in China. The disks have been proven to work not only as an effective relief for pain but also for disease conditions such as common cold, insomnia, depression and many others.
Here in the West, more and more Chinese Medicine practitioners are taking advantage of this needle-less acupuncture, particularly for patients who fear needles.
How do the Tourmaline Disks Work?
Placed on the chosen body points, the 1.3″ wide disks interact with body’s energy channels creating a resonance that gently dissolves existing energy and neural blocks. Open pathways enable the intelligence of the Source Energy that is present in all creation, to act on and harmonize the brain, nerves, blood, muscles and organs.
Those undergoing a 20 to 40 minute treatment report heat and tingling sensation at the acupuncture points where the disks rest. This is followed by pain relief, sense of relaxation and feeling of well being.
I personally experience warmth and a gentle buzz followed by relaxation – similar to the one when acupuncture needles activate the Chi flow in traditional treatment.
Combining High-Technology with ancient Acupuncture Knowledge
Utilizing North American based nanotechnology and rapidly growing manufacturing expertise in China, the tourmaline disks are fashioned on a molecular level where familiar materials can be refashioned for beneficial effects.
The manufacturing process accomplished its aim to capture the essence of what Acupuncture needles do in improving health and as a natural pain relief for acute or chronic pain.
The healing disks are designed to be used according to the time-honoured theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
The Acupuncture process itself is still not scientifically proven apart from the release of endorphins as the body’s natural pain relief which produces a sense of relaxation (which in turn helps the body repair itself).
Based on the results Acupuncture is now widely accepted as one of the alternative therapies for pain. According to the World Health Organization’s report, studies have shown that acupuncture is effective in alleviating pain, protecting the body against infection, and regulating various physiological functions.
The Holistic Healing Disks:
Simple to Use
Trigger Point Accuracy
No side effects
Our Natural Pain Relief method can become your multi-dimensional first aid kit. It’s 100-page instruction and point location diagrams show how to relieve back pain, shoulder pain and other kinds of pain. It shows how to treat common cold, anxiety, depression and other stress-related illnesses. Guidelines are also given how to use the disks for prevention, building up stamina and for anti-ageing.
I consider the D.I.Y needle-less acupuncture kit as my best ally for I can administer it myself. And, I have always preferred a natural pain relief instead of taking drugs.
Furthermore, to me, it is an economical, easy-to-use anti-ageing system for my face and the whole body. I use the disks regularly for that purpose.
Using my Holistic Medicine Disks truly gives me a zest for life and I believe it can do the same for you.
To many people, Nutrition and Oral Health is a nebulous subject in spite of the fact that everything we eat and drink makes its first contact in the mouth. Whether eating or drinking is done for the sake of nourishing the body or just for the pleasure it can have a strong oral health impact.
It is said that the mouth mirrors the health of the whole person. Or, that diseases in other parts of the body can be of oral origin, because silent infections in teeth and jawbone may leak toxins and bacteria to the bloodstream.
This could cause arthritis, fatigue and other chronic conditions, particularly since many people have compromised immune systems due to poor eating habits, excessive sweets, environmental toxins etc.
There can be many reasons for adverse reactions in nutrition and oral health.
Excessive use of antibiotics and birth control pills is one of them. It can lead to an imbalance of the bacterial flora manifesting as candidiasis throughout the body including areas of the mouth.
One of the key features in Chinese Medicine is tongue diagnosis. By looking at the tongue the doctor can determine the dis-harmonies within the person. Each section of the tongue reflects a specific organ function, and changes in the shape, coating and color contribute to the diagnosis and the most effective treatment plan.
Herbs Correct Silent Infections, Strengthen the Immune System.
Chinese Healing Herbs with their proven history is useful in correcting chronic, often silent infections. Herbs do not have the devastating effects on bacterial flora the way antibiotics do, therefore they provide an alternative treatment for periodontal disease.
For overall and oral health nutrition these ‘superfoods’ may be added to soups, drank as a tea or taken in a pill form. Tonifying herbs such as Ginseng and Astragali help to build the immune system, an important factor for increased resistance to bacteria and viruses.
Also, taking A,B,C and D vitamins with Flax seed oil with plenty of purified water can help.
From the standpoint of the PH balance of the body, most herbs and vegetables are alkaline. This is important in nutrition and oral health, particularly with people who are prone or have diabetes with a high rate of caries and very low resistance to infection.
By using Chinese healing herbs the acid-alkaline balance of the saliva improves, there is a decrease of systemic calculus formation with less tendency to periodontal disease. Fewer visits to a dentist, although regular check-ups are necessary for all of us!
But fewer deep cleanings are required. This applies especially to mitral valve prolapse patients for instance, who need administration of antibiotics each time deep cleaning is done.
Acupuncture for Pain Relief and Oral Health.
Another Chinese modality is acupuncture which can, directly or indirectly contribute to nutrition and oral health.
Mainly used to treat or prevent illness, acupuncture may also provide local anesthesia or relaxation response. The movement of Chi is regulated by using thin needles, electricity or soft laser.
A recent addition to no-needle acupuncture is a system using one inch wide disks based on nanotechnology. They work as well as other methods and less accuracy is needed in terms of acupuncture body points.
If no other method is available, finger pressure can work as well. Here is an example from my own experience.
Nearly twenty years ago when staying in Shanghai for my post-graduate work, I was travelling from one end of the city to the other in a taxi. The driver was suffering from excruciating dental pain on one side of his face. I was sitting behind him, and he allowed me to apply finger pressure on three points (St. 2, 6 and 7). To his surprise, the pain was gone well before we arrived at our destination.
Aha! Chi flowed smoothly!
Another example. If the Chi flow on Spleen/Stomach channels, one pair of the twelve primary channels is consistently disrupted, it can result in bleeding gums and halitosis (bad breath). Acupuncture does work on these conditions along with good hygiene and herbs as a part of nutrition for oral health.
Today, most informed health professionals agree that acupuncture does work as pain relief. In 1997 the U.S National Institute of Health acknowledged that acupuncture shows promising results in treating post-operative dental pain. The treatments activate endorphin secretion, which manifests in feelings of calmness and balance therefore, pain and stress are lifted.
In case of dry mouth, saliva secretion can be activated by acupuncture treatments. They are also used to eliminate temporomandibular joint pain as well as many other pain conditions.
Knowledge and balance are key elements in any health system. Learn what good nutrition for oral health is, for it goes hand in hand with other wellness practices!
Acupuncture-without-needle, Chinese Healing Herbs and Meditation with Exercises are all part of the ancient Chinese Medicine. Each one of them can positively impact oral health and in general, contribute to your vitality and enjoyment of life.