Benefits from Acupuncture

Kathy Feng    R.TCMP, R.Ac, BScPhm

Kathy Feng R.TCMP, R.Ac, BScPhm

Clinic Owner, Registered Chinese Practitioner, Registered Acupuncturist in Toronto, Pharmacist. Treat patients with eastern and western medicine theory.

Many patients ask me this question during the initial visit. Acupuncture amazed many people in West world, but also confused them a lot: why the tiny can work so well, it is able to do things a professionally trained physiotherapist can not do. Even an orthopedic doctor with a sharp scalpel has no idea why needles can treat server pain from deformed knees without any knee replacement surgery. I am sharing my idea in this blog underlying the mechanism of Traditional Chinese Medicine

benefits from acupuncture

Body Pain: Knees pain, low back pain, chronic back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatic nerve pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, golf elbow, meniscus tear symptoms, hip pain, Plantar fasciitis, hypochondriac pain, referral pain by other internal illness, etc.

Body pain is Chinese medicine is exterior symptoms, no matter what the original cause of the pain. In the master book ‘Treaties on Cold Damage Disease‘ written by Zhongjing Zhang, 2000 year ago, body pain can triggered by several complications, we are going to talk this topic in another topic. However, if there is the pain, that means, there is cold, heat or dampness evil in exterior. 

Cold: if cold pathogen  (usually virus or bacteria) attacked body exterior and stay, patient will have fear of cold and difficulty of sweating or heavy sweating at the same time. The pain will be tight, temporarily relieved by hot pad. 

Heat: If heat pathogen stays in your body exterior, patients will feel burning pain, aggravated by hot pad.

Dampness: If dampness pathogen sneaked into exterior, patients will have the heavy sensation and fell very tired. Sometime, patient can be seen accompanied by edema or swollen.

Acupuncture is the method to regulate Meridians and Channels in human body. Comparing to internal organs, Meridians and Channels are belong to external exterior. As we mentioned in last question, no matter what the origins from, all kinds of pain are eventually due to exterior disorder. Thus, acupuncture as the perfect method to treat exterior, best fit the most common symptom–body pain.  

There are several methods to apply to diagnose illness in TCM, including Organ differentiation, Six Evils differentiation,  Eight Branch differentiation and Six Channel differentiation. In our clinic, for most cases, we use Six Channel, because we witnessed most successful cases from the this diagnosis method.  let me list what the symptoms in each Channel, to give you a brief picture of your own body pain.

1. Taiyang (yang) and Shaoyin (yin) Meridians are the most exterior level.

Body vital energy (Qi) fights with exogenous intruder at the surface level, causing body pain, muscle soreness, fever (temperature will be higher a little bit), and fear of the cold, may have coughing.

2. Shaoyang (yang) and Jueyin (yin) Meridians are half exterior and half interior. 

Body vital energy (Qi) strategically retreats to the space between the surface of body and organs, because insufficiency of Blood and Qi at the exterior level. The battle causes fever (a bit), bitter taste, thirsty, sore throat, vomiting, changing of appetite, fatigue and shortness of breath, may have coughing.

3. Yangming (yang) and Taiyin (yin) are the interior level. 

Body fluid is dissipated because of the previous battle or original body constitution, meanwhile, body vital energy (Qi) has to retreat to the core for protection of most essential physiological functions. At this level, patients manifest high fever or fear of cold, great fatigue, hardness of defecation or diarrhea, changing of urination, high level of abdominal distention, SOB. 

Yang-Yin mentioned in these three battles is the most essential concept of TCM: everything contains Yin and Yang. The warship between body vital energy and exogenous intruder has Yin aspect and Yang aspect either. Yang represents the manifestation of symptoms which have more heat, movement,tight, and activity. Yin is the opposite figure. The three levels and Yin-Yang, build up our “Six Channel Differentiation”, the underlying rationale of diagnosis in TCM with most effectiveness.

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