Chronic pain may cause depression and irritability. This depression and irritability often leads to insomnia and weariness, which in turn compounds the emotional distress and pain.
This vicious cycle is called the “terrible triad” of suffering, sleeplessness and sadness. The urge to stop the pain can make some people drug dependent, and may drive others to have repeated surgeries, or resort to questionable treatments.
In the treatment of pain, the primary difference between Traditional Chinese Medicine and western medicine is that TCM methods such as acupuncture and herbal treatments have virtually no side effects.
It’s marathon season! Many of you will have trained long and hard to run the marathon. But do you know what to do in the days, weeks and months after the race? There will be impending muscle soreness, stiffness, spasms and tears. Your joints will ache and your energy levels will be low. Some may even experience the post marathon blues. You may know to ice your sore joints and muscles and to drink plenty of electrolyte rich fluids like orange juice or tomato juice. But did you also know that acupuncture can help you recover from all of your physical injuries as well as your post-race depression. Try a few acupuncture sessions after the race. You’ll be glad you did!
There is no cure for the common cold. But if you get a cold, there are very soothing Chinese herbal remedies to make you feel better while you are sick. Here are two such remedies. Take the first one for a cold with chills and the second one for a cold with no chills.
Ginger Cinnamon Tea Put 3-4 quarter sized slices into a teapot of boiling water. Add a cinnamon stick, lemon and some brown sugar to taste. Drink it twice a day. If you can, drink it in bed and stay under the covers.
- Peppermint Chrysanthemum Tea
Use 1 part dried peppermint to two parts dried chrysanthemum. Boil a teapot of water and add the chrysanthemum. Pour the tea into a cup and add the peppermint. Steep for 5 minutes and add brown sugar to taste.
Luo Han Guo or Enlightened Buddhist Fruit has been used in China for a thousand years as a natural low-calorie sweetener. Its fruit concentrate is many times sweeter than sugar. Traditionally, Luo Han Guo is used to treat chronic cough, constipation and diabetes and throat infections. Current research suggest the mogroside in Luo Han Guo is an antioxidant that may prevent cancer and be useful against the Epstein-Barr virus. Ask your practitioner how it may help you!