Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Back Pain

What Is Back Pain?

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Back Pain - Basics

Back pain is an aching feeling in the back, and can occur suddenly (like when lifting an object) or slowly progress with age. The intensity of back pain ranges from a sudden, acute pain to a chronic, mild pain. Back pain can be the symptom of several different conditions, including a physical injury, herniated disk, kidney stones, pregnancy, scoliosis, arthritis and more.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Back Pain.

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The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.

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The Following (13)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Back Pain

Die Da Wan (Trauma Healing Pill)

Clinical Usages

Useful for many types of traumatic injuries, broken bones, sprains, fractures, etc. anywhere in the body.  Also useful for fixed abdominal masses, ulcerations, sciatica, arthritis, pelvic inflammatory disease and angina among others.

In the case of traumatic injury the tongue and pulse may hold less clinical significance, for other conditions the Pulse may be wiry and the Tongue may be darker or show darkness in specific areas.

    Clinical Categorization

    Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan (Solitary Hermit Teapills)

    Clinical Usages

    • For chronic pain due to obstruction (bi zheng) with liver and kidney deficiency.
    • For lower back pain often with weakness and/or pain in the knees.
    • For arthritis, especially the type affected by cold/damp weather.

      Clinical Categorization

      Cautions

        • Use with caution during pregnancy.
        • Do not use with patients that present with damp heat or excess heat.

          Ge Gen Wan (Kudzu Decoction)

          Clinical Usages

          • Wind-cold invasion with upper neck and back pain - cold or flu, mild fever, no sweating, stiffness.

            Clinical Categorization

            Cautions

              • Avoid with fever.
              • Due to having ephedra use caution in patients with hypertension, panic disorder, insomnia, etc.

                Huo Luo Xiao Ling Wan (Miraculously Effective Pill To Invigorate The Collaterals)

                Clinical Usages

                • A range of pain related issues when they arise from qi and blood stagnation (both acute and chronic) - pain essentially anywhere in the body, bruises and swelling and other signs of stasis.  May often be combined with other formulas which deal more with the root issues.
                • Abdominal masses, fibroids, cysts as well as organ related issues such as cirrhosis, appendicitis and inflammatory conditions such as endometriosis.
                • May be used to help clear an ectopic pregnancy with the right factors.

                  Clinical Categorization

                  Cautions

                  • Avoid during pregnancy.
                  • Avoid with heavy menstrual bleeding.
                  • Use only under direction if you are taking blood thinners.
                  • Generally not for long term use.

                    Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan (Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet)

                    Clinical Usages

                    • Lethargy, low libedo, frequent urination with possible incontinence resulting from kidney yang deficiency.
                    • Sensation of cold, especially in the lower half.

                      Clinical Categorization

                      Cautions

                      • Avoid during pregnancy.
                      • Avoid during a cold or flu, use nothing, or yin qiao / gan mao ling instead.
                      • Avoid with patients that present with yin deficiency.

                        Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan (Peony and Licorice Decoction)

                        Clinical Usages

                        • Cramping and/or muscle spasms that are due to fluid deficiency.
                        • Frozen shoulder, trigger finger.
                        • General tightness or cramps especially along the tendons or ligaments.
                        • Restless leg syndrome for patients who present with yin and blood deficiency as the primary cause.

                          Clinical Categorization

                          Shen Tong Zhu Yu Wan (Remove Stagnant Blood from a Painful Body Pills)

                          Clinical Usages

                          • Qi and Blood stagnation blocking the channels and collaterals - pain in the extremities, shoulder pain, elbow pain, leg pain.
                          • With the right underlying patterns - possibly useful for fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, etc.
                          • Arthritic conditions - rheumatoid, neuralgia.

                            Clinical Categorization

                            Cautions

                            • Avoid during pregnancy.

                              Shu Jing Huo Xue Wan (Relax The Channels and Invigorate The Blood Decoction)

                              Clinical Usages

                              • Primarily used for blood stasis with wind-damp in the channels and collaterals characterized by internal deficiency with external excesses - joint pain, muscle aches, numbness and/or pain in the lower extremities (may be severe).
                              • Wind-cold damp bi-syndrome (i.e. arthritis) - particularly in the lower part of the body, hips, knees, lower back.
                              • Sciatic pain with the correct underlying pattern.
                              • Neck pain with the correct underling pattern.
                              • Fractures that are reluctant to heal, particularly in the lower body.

                                Clinical Categorization

                                Cautions

                                • Avoid during pregnancy.
                                • Generally not for long term use and use with caution if at all in deficient patients.

                                  Xiao Huo Luo Wan (Minor Invigorate Channels Pills)

                                  Clinical Usages

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                                    Clinical Categorization

                                    Yan Hu Suo Zhi Tong Wan (Corydalis Powder)

                                    Clinical Usages

                                    • Pain of all types from qi and blood stagnation - often combined with other more systemic formulas based on the individual.  Pain and inflammation from acute trauma, generalized aches and pains or more chronic issues.  The formula has an analgesic affect on pain and is mild enough to be used for chronic conditions.  
                                    • As it disperses wind-cold, also useful for muscle aches with the common cold.

                                      Clinical Categorization

                                      Cautions

                                      • Avoid during pregnancy.

                                        Zhuang Gu Guan Jie Wan (Invigorate Bone and Joint Pills)

                                        Clinical Usages

                                        • Damp and Cold bi-syndromes - arthritis (osteo primarily), joint pain, muscles aches that is aggravated with cold and/or damp weather - weakness of the knee, pain in lower back, general weakness, pain in joints, stiffness of joints, and pain that moves around. 

                                          Clinical Categorization

                                          Zhuang Yao Jian Shen Wan (Strengthen The Back And Benefit The Kidney Pills)

                                          Clinical Usages

                                          • Weakness in the lower parts of the body from kidney yang and kidney qi deficiency - low back pain, weak back, hips, knees, leg, weak tendons.

                                            Clinical Categorization

                                            Cautions

                                                Zuo Gu Shen Jing Tong Wan (Sciatica Pills)

                                                Clinical Usages

                                                • Wind-cold-damp bi syndromes with particular issues in the lower back and legs - sciatic pain, heaviness in the lower body, hip and knee pain, arthritis in those areas (osteo or rheumatoid).

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