The Two Main Causes of Pain & How to Manage Them

Pain is widely defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage”. In medical diagnosis, pain is regarded as a symptom of an underlying condition. Pain can speak volumes, it can tell what is going on inside your body and what is wrong so we can fix it. However, modern medicine often manages pain differently, it seeks to eliminate or mask the pain but not the problem.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a simple yet profound statement sums up the very essence of Chinese medical view of pain:

不通则痛,不荣则痛。

IF THERE IS NO FREE FLOW, THERE IS PAIN; IF THERE IS INSUFFICIENCY (OF QI AND BLOOD), THERE IS PAIN.

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Coping with a stiff neck

Ever woke up with a neck pain that restricts your neck movement for even up to a week? For some, such discomfort could even be accompanied by a headache, shoulder or arm pain.

The Cause

Stiff neck might be caused by:
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All you need to know about Ba Guan (Cupping)

If you followed Rio 2016, you may have noticed the cupping spots on Michael Phelps and some of the athletes. However, this ‘trending’ therapy is not new. Egyptians had been using it from as early as 1550 BC.

There are different types of cupping techniques such as the stationary cupping, massage cupping, flash cupping, wet cupping and acupuncture cupping. More than one technique may be used in combination for different medical conditions. It is commonly used to provide drug-free pain relief for muscle ache/strain, combat acne, obesity, shingles, upper respiratory syndrome, headache, menstrual cramp, gastrointestinal problems, as well as maintain general wellness.

How does cupping help?

Cupping is able to aid in such medical conditions due to its ability to:
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