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

The Chinese Medicine treatment of back pain generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

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.

The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Back Pain


There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for back pain:

Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan
Huo Luo Xiao Ling Wan
Jin Gu Die Da Wan
Jin Kui Shen Qi Wan
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan
Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan
Shen Tong Zhu Yu Wan
Shou Wu Wan
Yan Hu Suo Zhi Tong Wan
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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.)



There are (11) Chinese herbs currently associated with back pain. Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for back pain. For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Back Pain

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
Die Da Wan

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.

Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan

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Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan

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.

Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan

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Shen Tong Zhu Yu Wan

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Xiao Huo Luo Wan

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