5 May, 2017 Physician Victoria Tan

Managing Pain & Injury with TCM

Pain can be classified into acute or chronic condition depending on the duration of the ailment. The two most common types of sensation associated with pain include soreness and numbness.

Chinese Medicine surrounds its theory of pain on obstructed channels or ‘internal organ’ system deficiencies that interfere with meridian channels and nerve impulse signalling. Obstruction usually occurs as blood stasis and phlegm. These pathological matters often form from the internalisation of external factors such as trauma, wind, heat, cold and dry elements, and the strength of our constitution. The intricate balance between the pathological elements and our immune system can be achieved with TCM treatments, not only relieving the current condition but also strengthening soft tissue, preventing frequent occurrence of injuries and pain.

The main efficacy experienced by the patient can be immediate pain relief and eradication of system deficiencies and blockage in the long run. Common treatment methods include acupuncture, cupping and/or natural herbal medication.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised the efficacy of acupuncture for more than 70 types of conditions. They include conditions relating to pain, such as neck and back pain, tennis elbow, knee pain, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica and temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction.

The wondrous effects of acupuncture in pain and injury management are to ease pain via the downplay of nociceptors, reduce inflammation and heal and manage chronic conditions. Scientific acupuncture is the use of acupuncture along both meridian channels and muscle groups based on the anatomy of the body to further its efficacy.

Other scientific researches on acupuncture identify heightened electrical fields around acupoints, which translates to increased immune system responses, expediting the healing mechanisms of the body.

Most importantly, a TCM physician focuses on an all natural and well-targeted approach to nurse any injury.

Stretching exercises, as well as maintaining a recommended diet by the physician is essential to pain and injury management.

Article by Physician Victoria Tan


Note: Information provided is not a substitute for a physician or any form of medical care. Individual symptoms differ due to different body constitutions and diagnosis. One should consult a licensed TCM practitioner for accurate diagnosis and treatment.


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Physician Victoria Tan Physician Victoria Tan is a registered TCM practitioner in PULSE. She graduated with a First-Class Honours in B.Sc. in Biomedical Science and Bachelor’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Nanyang Technological University and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.

Comments (10)

  1. Caeol

    I have lower back pain caused by old injury which happened about 20 years back.

    Been to many acupuncturist but don’t seem to cure completely.is it fully curable?

    The pain is bad at times and cause me to limp.


      Hello Carol,

      It would be best to go for an MRI scan first and seek advice from an Orthopaedic Specialist.

      Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery!

  2. Ken

    My wife having irregular heartbeat and alway feel chest tightness. . Even though medicine can control her heart pulse but she still feel awful. Can tcm help?


      Hello Ken,

      Greetings from PULSE!

      Has your wife consulted a cardiologist to understand her condition? TCM may be able to assist on a complementary basis – we can only find out more after a proper consultation and diagnosis.

      If you’re bringing her for a TCM consultation, do bring along her cardio references!

      Here’s wishing your wife a speedy recovery!

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