Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
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Bringing Wisdom of Ancient China to US for Pain Management
  Traditional Chinese Medicine for Pain Management

Whether it's aching, sharp, dull, burning, stabbing, pounding, throbbing or shooting---pain is a warning sign that something's wrong in your body. How we perceive its intensity and respond varies considerably from person to person. In fact, accurately quantifying these sensations is one of the things that make diagnosis difficult for pain management professionals.

Giving Your Pain a Name

While describing pain is as personal as the experience itself, labeling it with terms like
toothache, arthritis, abdominal pain, back pain, bursitis, neck pain, fibromyalgia, shoulder pain, joint pain, migraine headaches, sciatica, neuralgia, whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, auto/sports injury and stress helps define its location and/or cause. Whatever you call it, whether it's acute or chronic, there's one thing all sufferers can agree on the desire for pain management and relief. Traditionally, the options offered by the medical establishment for pain management have been surgery and drug therapies.

Surgical Approaches by Pain Management

The unpredictable yet permanent impact surgery can have on your body makes this risky, last resort alternative in most cases. There's no turning back after back surgery. Despite the invasive nature of surgery and its complications, its success rate at pain management is low. For example, studies have shown that the effectiveness of surgery for back pain diminishes with each successive operation.

Pharmaceutical Approaches by Pain Management

As for pharmaceuticals, many commonly prescribed pain management drugs can be just plain hard to swallow. Long term use of analgesics and anti-inflammatories can cause more pain than relief in the long run, creating health problems like digestive disorders and liver damage.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Pain Management

Although traditional Chinese medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of painful conditions, only recently has it become scientifically recognized as an effective pain therapy. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture is as effective as morphine in treating chronic pain. Acupuncture is thought to decrease pain by increasing the release of endorphins that block pain. Many acu-points are near nerves. When stimulated, these nerves cause a dull ache or feeling of fullness in the muscle. The stimulated muscle sends a message to the central nervous system, causing the release of endorphins. Endorphins, along with other neurotransmitters, block the message of pain from being delivered up to the brain.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is a very effective solution when treating most pain problems. Acupuncture can offer pain relief naturally and with no adverse side effects. The sooner the treatment begins, the quicker the pain relieves. Wang, Xiaoyan is a National Board Certified and Licensed Acupuncturist (USA) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Doctor (China).  In China, she studied and practiced Acupuncture and Complementary Western and Chinese Medicine since 1983. If you would like to pursue this form of treatment or information, please contact Xiaoyan.

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