Natural Pain Relief with Traditional Chinese Medicine

April 2, 2017 Joe Brady

In addition to acupuncture there are many other natural pain relief modalities used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Acupressure and Cupping have also been found to be effective treatments for natural pain relief.

Traditional Chinese Medicine uses many other modalities besides acupuncture. One review of 75 studies covering all aspects of TCM in individuals with neck pain or low back pain. This review found that acupuncture, acupressure, and cupping can be effective in the treatment of pain. Other natural pain relief treatments, such as gua sha, tai chi, qigong, and manipulation have also showed good effect and further studies on these treatments are needed.
Traditional Chinese Medicine for Neck Pain and Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Qi-ling Yuan,1 Tuan-mao Guo,2 Liang Liu,1 Fu Sun,1,3 and Yin-gang Zhang1,* Jan P. A. Baak, Academic Editor

Tai Chi/Qigong: Natural Pain Relief for Chronic Pain.

The Chinese exercise and meditation therapies of Tai Chi and Qigong contribute to natural pain relief. NIH research findings suggest that practicing tai chi may reduce pain from knee osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and back pain. Less research has been done on the effects of Qigong, but some studies suggest it may reduce pain from fibromyalgia and chronic neck pain. Both also may offer psychological benefits, such as reducing anxiety and improving general quality of life., Abstract Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2012 Jul-Aug;37(4):372-82. doi: 10.1097/AAP.0b013e31824f6629.

Chinese Herbal Bath Therapy for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis: Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.

15 Randomized trials totaling 1618 subjects showed superior pain improvement using Chinese herbal bath therapy when compared with standard western treatment. Chinese herbal bath therapy may be a safe, effective, and simple alternative treatment and natural pain relief modality for knee osteoarthritis. Further rigorously designed, randomized trials are warranted. Chinese Herbal Bath Therapy for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis: Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:949172. doi: 10.1155/2015/949172. Epub 2015 Sep 21. Chen B1, Zhan H1, Chung M2, Lin X1, Zhang M1, Pang J1, Wang C3.)

Acupuncture and moxibustion for lateral elbow pain: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials

A total of 19 RCTs that compared acupuncture and/or moxibustion with sham acupuncture or conventional treatment. Results showed that acupuncture or moxibustion a natural pain relief method where an herb called mona or Ai Ye is burned over an acupuncture point. The review study showed the technique was superior or equal to conventional treatment, such as local anesthetic injection, local steroid injection, non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs, or ultrasound. Six low quality RCTs showed that acupuncture and moxibustion combined was superior to manual acupuncture alone and better quality randomized trials are needed.
BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014; 14: 136. Published online 2014 Apr 12. doi:  10.1186/1472-6882-14-136, Acupuncture and moxibustion for lateral elbow pain: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials, Marcus Gadau,#1,8 Wing-Fai Yeung,#2 Hua Liu,3 Chris Zaslawski,4,8 Yuan-Sheng Tan,5,8 Fu-Chun Wang,6,8 Sergio Bangrazi,7,8 Ka-Fai Chung,2 Zhao-Xiang Bian,1 and Shi-Ping Zhang1,8

Massage Therapy and Natural Pain Relief

A meta-analysis of fifteen RCTs using massage therapy as a means of natural pain relief found moderate evidence for massage therapy on improving pain in patients with neck pain compared with inactive therapies and limited evidence compared with traditional Chinese medicine. High quality RCTs are needed to confirm these results. Efficacy of Massage Therapy on Pain and Dysfunction in Patients with Neck Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Yong Hong Cheng1,2 and Gui Cheng Huang1 Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 204360, 13 pages

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