End of long-term medication: Chinese medicines put an end to chronic pain
Every third German lives with chronic pain. Frequently, not only special diseases such as fibromyalgia, but also very common ailments such as back pain and headache are hidden behind the chronic complaints. In search of help, sufferers drag themselves from one doctor to another. The medical odyssey often culminates in the constant intake of pain medication, which often only offers limited help and has undesirable side effects. Instead of suppressing symptoms, Chinese medicine takes the whole patient into account and successfully treats chronic pain disorders. A study shows: 69 percent of patients with pain in the head and neck area report an improvement in their symptoms.
From the perspective of Chinese medicine, chronic pain is considered a serious signal. In addition to pulse and tongue findings, it provides important information about disorders within people in diagnostics. Another essential part of the diagnosis: the patient consultation. Here TCM experts also question the long-term intake of pain medication and weigh up for each remedy together with the patient: maintain, immediately discontinue, reduce or taper off. "Long-term medication with pain medication usually hinders Chinese therapy and makes it more lengthy," says Dr. Christian Schmincke, TCM expert and head of the clinic at the Steigerwald, from experience.
In the holistic approach of Chinese medicine, pain stands for a Qi blockade, i.e. Disruptive factors interrupt the natural flow of energy. When the body tries to release these blockages, pain arises. In the acute case, acupuncture is extremely painful. It makes the qi flow again and makes blockages permeable. Qigong also stimulates the qi flow. Exercised regularly strengthens the ability to resolve acute pain through physical exercises, as well as concentration and perception training. "In the case of chronic pain - especially if there are contaminated sites in the form of internal mucus - a method is required that goes deeper than acupuncture and qigong," says Dr. Schmincke. "The focus of Chinese medicine is therefore drug therapy." On the basis of comprehensive Chinese diagnostics, TCM experts create an individual prescription for the patient. From Chinese raw medicinal products, so-called decoctions emerge from decoction, which people suffering from pain drink throughout the day. The therapist regularly checks effects on the body and adjusts the substances if necessary. "Unlike conventional pain relievers, the Chinese therapy concept aims to remedy the disorder behind the pain in order to achieve a lasting improvement in the symptoms and not to numb the pain," explains Dr. (pm)