“If there is no free flow, there is pain; if there is free flow, there is no pain.”
Huang Di Nei Jing (classical Chinese medical text)
Pain is a pretty common affliction for us humans.
It’s also one of the most popular reasons we look to acupuncture for relief. Acupuncture and other therapies like cupping or tui na can help relieve pain anywhere in the body and get to the root of the problem. Biomedically speaking, acupuncture affects neurotransmitters, hormones, and the immune response to counteract pain signals in the body. From a Chinese medicine perspective, acupuncture unblocks areas of stagnation and re-establishes the body’s natural form and free flow (as mentioned above) so that the source of pain is corrected.
Athletic injuries/ Sports medicine/ Performance
Athletes around the world are taking advantage of acupuncture and Chinese medicine (need proof?). From easing minor aches and pains to speeding the recovery from full-blown injuries and post-operative care, acupuncture can get you back to doing what you love faster and healthier. Regular acupuncture visits can prevent injury and enhance performance whether you’re a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or the occasional yogi.
Acupuncture shines when it comes to relieving chronic pain – so much so that big-wigs such as the NIH, Cleveland Clinic, and Harvard Medical School spout its value as an addition or alternative to medication and surgery. Chronic pain is often due to overuse, past injuries or traumas, dietary irregularities, or daily wear-and-tear. Acupuncture and other methods help to rebuild the affected structures and promote that sought after free flow that keeps you feeling good.
Headaches and migraines
Headaches and migraines can interfere with work, sleep, social activities, and be downright debilitating for some. Fortunately, acupuncture can relieve headache pain (usually during the treatment itself). With regular acupuncture treatment and herbal medicine in some cases, headaches can become less intense and less frequent over time.