A Non-Invasive Ancient Remedy for Joint Pain
A Non-Invasive Ancient Remedy for Joint Pain - Dr. Tse See-li, a registered traditional Chinese medicine practitioner in Hong Kong, uses Chinese medicinal herbs to alleviate joint pain.
A Non-Invasive Ancient Remedy for Joint Pain
A veteran traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner uses secret traditional techniques to easily solve joint pain problems that may have been troubling people for years—without the use of acupuncture, Chinese medicine, or the Western approach involving injections, medications, or surgery. Pain is relieved after only a few sessions for mild cases and up to 10 sessions for more severe ones.
Blood Stasis Is One of the Culprits of Joint PainDr. Tse explained that a large part of the cause of joint pain is blood stasis in the joints. If it happens to reside in the moving parts of the joint, even if it is as small as a grain of rice, once your movement reaches that particular point, you will feel the persistent pain.
Blood stasis in the ligaments or joints blocks the microcirculation in the area, preventing fresh blood from nourishing the ligaments. As a result, they gradually harden and age prematurely. The elasticity of ligaments is crucial to joint health as all joint movements depend on the expansion and contraction of these ligaments. Healthy ligaments are akin to new rubber bands, fully elastic, enabling the joints to move freely. However, as ligaments age, their elasticity diminishes. For example, when you extend your calf muscle to perform a kick, the ligaments are subjected to greater strain, often resulting in pain.
Why haven't other doctors discovered the problem of blood stasis? Western medicine diagnoses diseases mostly by examining the X-rays. However, X-rays are limited to visualizing the bones and cannot screen all the ligaments—such as the cruciate ligaments—or tendons attached to the bones.
When a ligament ages, it will appear white when viewed on an X-ray image. Depending on where this whitish projection falls on the femur or patella, there will be different interpretations. If it is on the inside, Western medicine will usually diagnose it as wear and tear—if it is on the outside, it will be diagnosed as a bone spur. Therefore, it is always diagnosed as either the bone being worn or bone spurs causing the pain. However, this may not be the case—blood stasis could be the root cause.
How to Cure Joint Pain With ‘Bruise Extraction’“Bruise extraction” involves using Chinese herbal medicinal packages, boiling them in hot wine, and then applying them while still warm around the joint. The heat helps the medicinal herbs penetrate deep into the muscle layers, where any congested parts will be loosened before the next step of treatment.
The duration for applying a medicinal pack around the joint depends on the estimated depth of congestion. The deeper it is, the longer the application should last—usually, half an hour to an hour is sufficient. And the earlier the treatment, the better—as soon as pain is felt—in which case just two or three such treatments should be able to cure it.
Dr. Tse said that patients with joint pain generally do not need to take medication because most of the congestion is in the limbs and trunk. However, if the congestion goes deep inside the body and involves some internal organs, it is necessary to take medicine internally for better results.
Varying Effects of Chinese and Western MedicineDr. Tse believes that TCM focuses more on regulating the human body as a whole to improve health holistically. He gave examples to explain the difference between Chinese and Western medicine. Chinese medicinal herbs are inherently biological products, comprising cells and capable of functioning in ways similar to other parts of the human body such as breathing. Western medicine, on the other hand, is chemically synthesized, which differs from the composition of the human body.
For example, when treating colds, TCM has the patient take Guizhi (Cinnamomi ramulus) Decoction. Guizhi Decoction itself will not kill bacteria, but it stimulates the body's immunity and helps the body overcome the cold naturally. On the other hand, Western medicine can often disrupt the body's biological balance and metabolism.
Exercise Plus Chinese Medicine Enhance Joint HealthSince the human body is so intelligent, can we prevent joint blood stasis by simply engaging in regular exercises or consuming medicinal meals? Dr. Tse’s answer is “Yes.” He explained that life is nothing more than qi and blood. If both qi and blood remain abundant, vitality will be strong, and premature aging can be avoided.
TCM believes that qi, blood, essence, and body fluid are essential substances for all physiological activities. They originate from the internal organs and flow continuously around the body. Among them, qi is the energy that constitutes human life. Qi circulates continuously to promote and regulate human metabolism, while blood is mainly responsible for nourishing and keeping the body hydrated.
Dr. Tse emphasizes the importance of regular exercise in promoting smooth blood circulation. Additionally, he recommended drinking specific medicinal teas for health care purposes.
Recipe for Medicinal TeaIngredients:
- 75 g (3.5 ounce) Astragalus membranaceus
- 7.5 g (0.35 ounce) Angelica sinensis
- 7.5 g (0.35 ounce) Paeoniae radix rubra
- 3.75 g (0.17 ounce) Chuanxiong rhizome
- 3.75 g (0.17 ounce) Persicae semen
- 3.75 g (0.17 ounce) Crocus sativus L.
Thoroughly wash all the ingredients and boil in 1 to 2 liters of water for half an hour. Divide the resulting mixture into several portions to be consumed at intervals throughout the day.
Women should avoid taking during pregnancy and menstruation. People with yin deficiency and internal heat constitution should also pay attention to the recommended intake amount.