Acupuncture for pain, 7 questions to help you get pain relief faster.

Chinese Medicine for pain

Chinese Medicine for pain


Acupuncture for pain, 7 questions to help you get pain relief faster. 


Chinese medicine continues to move into mainstream medicine, helping millions worldwide deal with pain, stress and so much more.  It is becoming much more widely available, a commonly sought out treatment by people looking for relief from chronic pain.


Chinese medicine offers in depth perspective on what type of pain is occurring in the body and how to treat it.   


To better understand you pain you will want to ask yourself these questions below:

·      Location. Is the pain in a small or large area? Is it fixed in one place or does it move around?

·      Quality. Is it dull, aching, tight, sharp, stabbing, burning?

·      Depth. Does it hurt superficially, in the muscle, or can you feel it deep in your bones?

·      Intensity. How bad is it on a scale of 1 to 10?

·      Frequency. Does it hurt constantly, or is it intermittent?

·      Duration. How long does it hurt at a time, and how long have you had it?

·      Better/Worse. What makes it better, and what makes it worse?

I also like to add a few more questions that really help you understand what is going on with your pain.

·      Does it feel hot. To the touch

·      Does it feel Cold. To the touch

·      Does it change with temperature shifts?

·      Does it get worse with barometric changes?

Take a moment to write out what you are feeling. 

The better you understand the pain, the more equipped you are to do the necessary treatments you need to help you feel better faster.  You can also monitor your improvement and changes in your pain experience. 

Now in Chinese medicine we use these markers to understand how to treat the type of pain you are experiencing.

Severe Distention and Mild Pain Moving from Place to Place.

Qi Stagnation

Prickling Pain, Sharp

Blood Stagnation

Pain with and Heavy Sensation

Dampness Blocking Qi and Blood

Pain that moves around the body

Liver Wind

Burning Pain with a Burning Sensation and a Preference for Coolness, Often Occurring in the Hypochondriac regions on Both Sides, and in the Epigastric Region

Heat Excess

Pain with a Cold Sensation and a Preference for Warmth

Pathogenic Cold

Dull Pain that is not severe, lingers, and lasts for a long time

Deficient Cold Syndrome





You can use these identification to help choose the right healing modality.

Chinese medicine offers a variety of treatment modalities for pain.  Acupuncture, Herbal compresses, herbal formulas, liniments, and patches. 


Each of these offer a specific treatment for what you need.  For example if you have sharp stabbing pain due to blood stagnation, then you will want a formulas or liniment that has herbs that break up blood stagnation, such as shan zha cao, xuan shen, or wu wei zi. 


Pain that is categorized by cold heal faster when use warming herbs, like cinnamon or  the use of moxabustion, or a healing pad. 


Pain that is caused by dampness will need herbs that help to remove dampness and you can also make lifestyle changes that will help this as well.  For example, you will want to remove damp producing foods in your diet like ice cream and other dairy products.


The more you understand your pain the better choices you can make about the best type of treatment that will help you heal quicker.



Here are a list of some our favorite products we use for pain. 


What is a Liniment? Oil/Balm

A liquid or lotion, especially one made with oil, for rubbing on the body to relieve pain.


Herbal liniments are used to treat both acute and chronic injuries. They help resolve bruising and may prevent the formation of scar tissue. 


Arnica: Homeopathic Medicine for Bruise Relief. Arnica helps to relieve muscle pain and stiffness and to reduce pain, swelling, and discoloration from bruises. Arnica has a cooling effect for fast pain relief.


CBD Balm: 


Tiger Balm/Liniment: Non-staining, Sports Rub for Sore Muscles & Over-exertion.


White Flower Analgesic Oil (Hoe Hin Pak Fah Yeow): 

Eases travel and motion sickness, alleviates itching resulting from insect and mosquito bites, refreshing with antiseptic properties. Provides relief from the stuffed-up feeling associated with catarrh, cold or influenza, relieves headache, temporarily relieves muscular pain.


Wan Hua Oil: External Analgesic. For the temporary relief of minor aches and pains or muscles and joints associated with Simple backache, Arthritis, Strains, Bruises, Sprains.


PO SUM ON Medicated Oil: alternative remedy for simple backaches, arthritis, sprains, strains, and bruises, as well as inflammation. Its unique formula contains only natural ingredients such as peppermint oil, cassia oil, Dragon’s Blood, Scutellaria root, and licorice.


Zheng Gu Shui: Helps relieve muscle aches and pains.  Helps relieve acute or chronic pain due to sprains, pulled ligaments and tendons, simple fractures and bruises, joint pain, arthritis pain


Ching Wan Hung Herbal Balm: Chinese herbal ointment that is considered especially helpful for burns and other skin issues.



What are Compresses?

A pad of absorbent material pressed onto part of the body to relieve inflammation or stop bleeding.


701 Patches: Cool, soothing, temporary relief of minor aches and pains.


WU YANG BRAND Pain Relieving Medicated Plaster: Wu Yang Brand Pain Relieving Medicated Plaster is the perfect alternative remedy for simple backaches, arthritis, sprains, strains, and bruises, as well as inflammation. Its cooling and soothing action will provide a temporary and quick relief from your minor aches.


Tiger Balm Patch, Pain Relieving Patch: Once applied, its ingredients penetrate the skin and are absorbed, thus stimulating blood circulation around the area of pain. Its warm penetrating action.


Hot Capsicum Plaster: Breathable, Flexible, Waterproof. Relief patches better for target pain points, temporarily relieve minor pain associated with arthritis, simple backache, muscle strains, sprains, bruises & cramps.  Use Natural Capsaicin, the primary compound in hot peppers and clinically proven to reduce the sensation of pain.


Sylvia Salcedo