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

The Chinese Medicine treatment of neck 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).

Neck pain or stiffness can be caused by several different conditions, lifestyle factors or traumas, and can occur in the muscle, nerves, discs and cervical spine. Some conditions related to neck pain include fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, infection, herniated cervical disc, or spine-related cancer. Certain lifestyle factors such as poor posture and awkward sleeping positions can also contribute to neck pain, especially minor strain. Traumas can lead to certain neck issues as well, such as whiplash or bone fracture.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for neck pain.

The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Neck 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 neck pain:

Jin Gu Die Da Wan
Jing Zhui Tong Wan
Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan
Tibetan Aru Balm
Yan Hu Suo Zhi Tong Wan

The following (14) acupuncture points may be useful for neck 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 (0) Chinese herbs currently associated with neck pain. Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for neck 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.

There are no associated Chinese herbs at this time.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Neck 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.

Ge Gen Tang Wan

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Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan

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Te Xiao Jing Zhui Tong Wan

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