Practiced in China for more than two millennia and more widely worldwide since the 20e century, traditional Chinese medicine fascinates and arouses more and more interest.
Today, it finds its place in the treatment of innumerable diseases, including neck pain, a symptom perceived by more than 20% of the world's adult population.
To better understand it, the present article will present the various reflections on this ancestral medicine as well as its therapeutic role in patients with a neck pain.
Traditional Chinese medicine, the basics.
traditional chinese medicine ( M) was developed more than 2000 years ago. It is based on an energetic, dynamic and global analysis of the individual.
Two central ideas are at its origin:
- THEnature energy, called the Qi, which circulates throughout the body. The traditional treatments offered by Chinese medicine focus on how to bring the Qi to peace or balance.
- Le Yin et Yang : The symbol of yin and that represents bipolarity, the qualities of Qi. that and yin are associated with negative and positive views. the that represents the day, the cold, the feminine, the masculine and the good, and the yin represents the night, the hot, and the negative, etc.
La M combines the philosophies of that " and " yin“. Chinese therapies aim to balance the health and flow of the Qi.
If these elements are in balance, patients can feel better and healthier. If, on the contrary, an imbalance remains, the feeling of being sick can occur.
In conventional medicine, two patients suffering from the same disease are usually treated with a standardized drug. On the other hand, in traditional Chinese medicine, each person may receive a different treatment for the same disease.
Today, although the chinese medicine has repeatedly faced the inability to demonstrate its effectiveness in clinical and therapeutic trials, thousands of scientific studies have been conducted to assess its effectiveness.
They have massively led to the observation totally ineffective, with the exception of a few herbal remedies, now integrated into scientific medicine.
This is why health practitioners are concerned about the share of M, which claims to complement or replace contemporary medicine.
Chinese medicine pain concept
According to traditional Chinese medicine, our body system has energy pathways that circulate within it liquids, Qi, blood. They are called the meridians.
They are 12 connected invisible channels, linked to one or more organs and help to conduct the four essences.
- Energy (Qi)
- Blood (Xue)
- Body fluids (JinYe)
- The Vital Essence (Jing)
When there is a lack of Qi or blood (emptiness or insufficiency) or that they accumulate in a region of the body (stagnation), an imbalance is formed between the yin and that.
The homeostasis of the body is disturbed when the functions of the internal organs and the organism are no longer fully operational. Whether the problem is acute or chronic, pain is the consequence.
Neck pain and traditional Chinese medicine
What does Chinese medicine say about neck pain?
En chinese medicine, the neck is a passage area for many meridians.
When the external evil energies enter these meridians, they prevent the Qi and the blood from flowing correctly, hence the appearance of neck pain (mal in the neck).
The neck being very often exposed to the outside environment, it therefore offers easy access where the Wind can easily penetrate. Who among us has never felt a neck stiffness after exposure to the cold and wind on a rainy day? It's a great classic.
Conversely, Heat induces damage to Body Fluids. This results in a drying out of muscles as well as tendons and ligaments.
Also, Qi Deficiency and Blood stagnation tend to block the cervical muscles. This is a classic case, because as soon as the Qi stops stagnating, the Blood will circulate again and the pain will decrease.
Can Chinese Medicine Relieve Neck Pain? ?
La M offers a variety of therapies to relieve a sore neck, such asacupuncture, Qi Gong and Tui Na massages.
THEacupuncture works on the basis of flow and health maintenance, so it is non-invasive. Practitioners generally need to insert thin, sterile needles at specific anatomical points along the meridians to restore the flow of Qi.
THEacupuncture is not painful and usually has a relaxing effect as a bonus.
This technique relieves pain by stimulating the production of a specific hormone: endorphinse (happiness hormone), as well as by relaxing a muscle or nerves.
Le Tui Na massage is one of the five branches of traditional Chinese medicine.
This therapy refers to Chinese massages which help to annihilate energy blockages, thus promoting the stimulation of Qi within the body and thus, restoring bodily homeostasis.
The Tui Na massages relieve the tension on the cervical region and relieve your neck pain. This is thanks to more than 300 different manipulations based on the use of several parts of the body: fingers, palms, wrist, elbow, even the feet.
It is a practice of traditional chinese gymnastics including body movements and breathing techniques based on knowledge and breath control by combining slow movements, concentration and breathing exercises.
If you are suffering from pain and tension in the neck, exercises of Specific Qigong can relieve these tensions.
It is advisable to perform the complete sequence exercises ideally on a daily basis, otherwise at least twice a week. It can take between 15 and 20 minutes a day.
You can also to choose one or two exercises effective for to loosen and repeat them several times time by day.
Sorry you couldn't find an answer to your questions!
Help us improve this article!
How can we improve the article?