Aches and Pains
- Written by Louise Stevens
Pain comes in many forms and guises. Whether its lower back or knee pain, neck or shoulder problems, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines/headaches or period pain, Chinese Medicine has something to offer.
In Chinese Medicine, like your blood vessel system, your energy (qi) also runs through 'meridians' over your whole body. Any pain indicates a blockage in the flow of blood and/or qi and the needles encourage the flow locally and through the course of the channels. We also seek to establish the reasons why there is an obstruction. This could be due to trauma, overuse, posture or accident, but it can also be due to a lack of qi and blood flow, emotional stress and external elements like cold, which congeals blood. Herbs, moxa and cups are used to support all these actions.
In Western Medicine, by inserting a needle the body releases endorphins, our own natural painkillers. Recently, detailed MRI scans have revealed that needling a point on the hand creates a deactivation of the limbic part of the brain, which is responsible for registering pain!