Pain is never permanent.
— Saint Teresa of Avila

Pain Management

Tuina · Gua SHA · acupuncture · Herbs

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), a number of studies suggest that acupuncture works particularly well on chronic pain such as back and neck pain; osteoarthritis/knee pain; and headache.

  • Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. 
  • Pain is cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system. It is a leading cause of disability and it is a major contributor to health care costs. 
  • According to the National Center for Health Statistics (2006), approximately 76.2 million, one in every four Americans, have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours and millions more suffer from acute pain.

How does it work? There is a saying in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), "Bu tong zhi tong,” which translates as, “Where there is movement, there is no pain.” So, essentially, when there is a blockage of Qi and Blood, there is pain. There is nothing magical about it. In simple terms, TCM practitioners are using their tools and skills to activate the body's own self-healing mechanism. From a western medicine standpoint, acupuncture and other TCM modalities work to temporarily relieve and completely remove pain by promoting microcirculation within injured tissues, flushing away inflammatory factors, and promoting new blood flow to the area so that new tissues can start to grow. 

The NY Times released an article on June 5, 2017 which contained new data compiled from hundreds of health agencies that reveals the extent of the drug overdose epidemic last year. The unfortunate truth is that “drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50,” and most of those are being used to treat pain. Only when you know better can you do better. And luckily, there ARE better options out there for managing pain!