Pain is certainly the most common presentation in my clinic. Over the last few decades I have been treating and managing pain from all walks of life, whether it is sports injuries, nerve pain, menstrual pain, stress induced pain, post-surgical pain, and so forth. But how does acupuncture actually help those who suffer from pain?
Firstly, we must define exactly what acupuncture methods are being used. The majority of acupuncture practiced today is one dimensional in it's approach to pain syndromes and more and more practitioners are opting for "prescription" based acupuncture protocols. This is not how acupuncture was ever practiced in the past and not how it is practiced at Classical Acupuncture Sydney. Our approach is based on strict teachings from the classical source texts of this medicine, which mean the diagnostics and most importantly the treatment methods are very succinct. The understanding of exactly what tissue layer at exactly what depth and location is decided before acupuncture is performed. Then the correct technique is applied. This is how results are achieved.
In classical acupuncture, pain syndromes can present at many levels and from many varying sources. In all cases, however, pain is a response to the body's perception of a unwanted change. In Chinese Medicine this change can be categorised into two primary divisions: Bi (痺) presentations, where there is a contraction or obstruction of a specific region and Kuang (狂) presentations, where there is an aggressive expansion of heat and fluids. In modern medicine there are a number of terms and reasons for this, revolving around the ideas of pain receptors and the like. In Chinese medicine it comes down to the concept of Shen (神), a term the ancients applied to how one perceives touch, emotion, trauma, temperature and of course pathological occurrences resulting pain. Shen will respond to these Bi or Kuang presentations in number of ways, leading to the many varying pain signs and symptoms that can occur. As practitioners we strive to understand exactly where in the body this perception of pain is occurring, which may be locally (i..e where you tell us) or it may be along specific anatomical and internal pathways. Once we have located this and understood your pains origin, we can then appropriately apply acupuncture or other therapies.
If you suffer from pain and wish to have a unique perspective on your condition and how it can be treated by acupuncture and Chinese medicine then please contact Classical Acupuncture Sydney at our Crows Nest studio on (02) 8095 8255 for further information.
In Good Health,
Dr. David White