Lower Back Pain – A Chinese Medicine Perspective

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Lower Back Muscle Pain – The TCM Perspective

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), pain occurs when there is obstruction in the flow of Qi and Blood through the channels, organs and tissues. Pain is most often a subjective ailment involving physiological, emotional and psychological issues and can thus be quite difficult to treat, especially more so in the Western medical paradigm, as western science has only in very recent times, understood and acknowledged the importance of the emotional and psychological factors in causing diseased states.

Where pain of a chronic nature has been poorly treated by Western medical science, particularly when it is of a chronic nature TCM and especially acupuncture, has filled the void quite admirably. In fact, the first forays of genuine interest in TCM and in the 1950′s when acupuncture was established, when reports of of acupuncture analgesia were first reported from china. Since that time, studies have been conducted into the efficacy of analgesia by acupuncture by both Western and Eastern arenas. Today, although Acupuncture has achieved world fame, the general community as a whole, is more familiar and comfortable with the pain relieving effectiveness of acupuncture than with the therapy as a complete form of medicine, equal to if not more powerful than the Western model.

In China, acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for pain relief. In TCM, pain is seen as a symptom which manifests when there is a disharmony in the free flow of Qi and Blood ie. when Qi/Blood is blocked or obstructed, pain occurs.

In order to accurately interpret pain and to facilitate appropriate treatment strategies,

the symptom of pain (Qi and Blood stagnation in TCM) has to be analyzed according to the 8 Patterns of Differentiation -

 

Conclusion

TCM can be a very effective method of recognizing and treating different types of pain and can be particularly useful in the diagnosis of back pain and lower back pain.

Different patterns of lower back muscle pain can be treated with acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.

In saying that other methods including hypnotherapy and naturopathy can also be employed to help manage back pain. Yoga can certainly be beneficial in the management of back pain.

For more information regarding back pain visit http://www.yourbackhealth.com


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One Response to “Lower Back Pain – A Chinese Medicine Perspective”

  1. Simon
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    I think this article is fascinating. It is always good to hear of new ways to treat back pain as it is my specialist interest. Acupuncture and yoga certainly continue to gain momentum and do seem to be very effective – from my own experience. The more innovation the better.
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