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