From the TCM perspective, pain arises due to congestion of Qi and Blood or deficiencies in the body. Treatment methods such as acupuncture, scraping (Gua Sha), and cupping (Ba Guan) target acupoints along the meridians of your body and help to ease the blockage of Qi and Blood. Through these treatments, your body’s self-healing ability is triggered, thus providing an effective way to manage pain naturally.
Massage therapy also helps in relieving pain effectively when the appropriate technique is applied for the particular condition, and can complement the other TCM modalities for pain management.
How long is a course of treatment?
The length of each course of treatment depends on the cause and nature of your pain. For chronic pains, at least six sessions of regular therapy are required. Your physician will advise on the course of treatment and the regularity of your visits after a detailed consultation.
Is it safe to use TCM methods for pain management?
TCM treatment methods used for pain management are generally safe when prescribed by a professional physician. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends the use of acupuncture for over 40 medical conditions, including migraine, headache, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, sciatica, low back pain, osteoarthritis, pelvic pain, gastritis, chronic colitis, menstrual pain, labour pain, and dental pain.