Heal Your Summer Injuries
Summer provides fantastic opportunities for outdoor activity, although sometimes that can result in inflammation or injury. Common issues are strains and sprains, heat exhaustion, or general accidents.
TCM approach to injuries is varied according to the injury and the stage. There are external and internal applications which can speed up healing and recovery.
Acupuncture & Cupping
Acupuncture can speed up the recovery of strains and sprains by reducing inflammation, increasing nutrient rich blood to the injured area. There are many options for selecting points, which allows the practitioner to work in the affected area or away from the site of injury. Acupuncture 2-3 times per week for several weeks is a typical treatment plan for common injuries. Electrical stimulation may also be used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the clinical outcome.
Cupping is another method of promoting blood circulation and relieving swelling.
Liniments, patches and moxibustion can all be effective means to reducing pain, improving muscle or joint mobility after an injury. Liniments and patches can be applied to the site of injury and different herbal combinations are used depending on the stage of the injury. Most of these are OTC and common brands are:
Yunnan Baiyao, 707 and Zheng Gu Sui
Moxibustion is used to
- reduce swelling, pain and stiffness
- disperse stagnant blood
- warm areas that are cold to the touch or ache in damp, cold weather
Moxibustion should not be used on areas that are hot and red or over open sores.
Internal Herbal Remedies
Herbs can be taken internally in the form of teas, tinctures, powders or capsules to help aid the healing process. Often used to promote blood circulation, relieve pain and reduce swelling.
For injuries common groups of herbs are:
- Regulate the blood and invigorate the blood: Turmeric rhizome, myrrh, peach kernel, salvia root,
- Dispel dampness: Mulberry twigs, Chinese Quince fruit, Angelica Root
- Strengthen sinews (tendons) and bones: Japanese teasel root, drynaria rhizome
- Regulate the blood and stop bleeding: pseudoginseng root
A Tooth from the Tiger’s Mouth – Tom Bisio
Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica – Bensky
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