Q: I recently hurt my lower back (Iím not even sure
how) and itís been about a two months. It feels like a strain. I have
limited mobility and itís painful and stiff. What can help my back?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help many types of painful conditions
such as low back pain. With an acute condition such as yours, the quicker
you get help from an acupuncturist, the faster and better the results. The
Western scientific explanation is that the stimulation from the needle
puncture triggers natural pain relieving chemicals, such as endorphins from
the brain, a reduction in inflammation in the area through an increase in
circulation, and a relaxation response to the musculature. Tui Na, a Chinese
form of bodywork, can also be used to help bring some relief. Many find that
cupping is helpful for
backache. Many times, for chronic or acute low back pain, the Chinese
classic herbal formula, Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang, is very effective. Your
acupuncturist may modify the formula above with specific herbs that will
better suit your particular need.
What can acupuncture do for depression?
Acupuncture can help calm and relax a person to help relieve depression
Anxiety. Chinese herbs are also very effective for this purpose. Both
acupuncture and herbs can help relieve many of the negative symptoms of
depression such as insomnia and fatigue. It is best to see a licensed
acupuncturist for a thorough intake and examination. This way the
acupuncturist can prescribe a personalized treatment plan for your specific
pattern of disharmony. Every patient is different and presents with
different symptoms. Certain herbs that are best suited for your needs may
not be as effective for someone elseís presenting symptoms. That is the
beauty of Chinese Medicine.
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