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Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Back Pain - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses


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.



Back Pain - Acupuncture Protocols

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.

The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Back Pain


Back Pain - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating back pain. For a complete list from our store with more details see our back pain formula section.


Back Pain - Questions

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Back Pain - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (7) acupuncture points may be useful for back pain. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)



Back Pain - Related Chinese Herbs

The following (11) chinese herbs may be useful for back pain. In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.



The following (6) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Back Pain

Die Da Wan

  • Trauma Healing Pill
  • 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.

  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Invigorate the Blood from Traumatic Injury

Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan

Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan

  • Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet
  • Kidney yang deficiency signs - low back pain, weakness in the legs, knees, low back, low energy, low libido.

    The Pulse will be empty or frail and the Tongue will be pale and swollen with a thin white moist coat.

  • Tonify
  • Warm and Tonify the Yang

Shen Tong Zhu Yu Wan

Xiao Huo Luo Wan




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