Back pain is the leading cause of disabilities, but in the wake of the opioid epidemic, many Americans recoil at the idea of using narcotics to ease their pain. If you’re suffering from back pain, seek relief via holistic and traditional Chinese medicine with Lisa Meyerson, L.Ac., at her practice in Evanston, Illinois, serving patients all over Cook and Lake Counties. Lisa uses the knowledge gathered from thousands of years of Chinese wisdom to treat your back pain with techniques such as acupuncture, herbal therapy, gua sha, and cupping. Learn more by scheduling an appointment with her online or over the phone today.
Traditional Chinese medicine offers a variety of effective, non-narcotic treatments for back pain, including:
In fact, acupuncture is perhaps best known for its ability to relieve pain.
Traditional Chinese medicine views back pain as an imbalance of yin and yang, a concept that describes the dynamic forces of nature, like the sun and the moon, that must work together to maintain harmony.
In the body, yin represents blood, form, and stillness.
Yang represents bodily functions, activities, and qi, or energy.
Each organ system has both yin and yang elements, and all of the organs are connected by the flow of qi and blood through channels called meridians. All of these elements must be balanced in order for you to be healthy.
In traditional Chinese medicine, lower back pain is a part of the larger kidney system. So, if you come in to see Lisa about back pain, one way she may treat you is by acupuncture that aims to unblock the flow of qi and/or blood through the kidney system.
While no one knows for sure why traditional Chinese medicine works, Western researchers offer a few different explanations.
In general, from a Western medicine perspective, acupuncture works by stimulating the release of endorphins, which reduces pain, and by affecting the area of the brain that regulates serotonin, a chemical that has a powerful effect on your mood.
Acupuncture can also work by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.
Chinese herbal medicine works similarly to traditional Western medicine, by offering different benefits to your brain and body. Valerian root, for example, can treat muscle spasms and cramps, while St. John’s Wort can help with sciatica.
Gua sha can relieve back pain and improve joint movement by breaking down connective tissue and scar tissue.
Cupping works by releasing muscle tension, and by sending blood to areas in pain, thus jumpstarting their healing.
Step away from the limitations of Western medicine, and see how holistic and traditional Chinese medicine can help your back pain by reaching out to Lisa today. To schedule an appointment with her, call or use the online booking tool.