Responding to Pain

Pain may resolve itself by hiding it with pain killers. It does give the body a break from the constant, nagging nature of pain.

PAIN => STRESS RESPONSE => FIGHT or FLIGHT . . . 10 minutes

Pain itself creates a stress response within the body. Any stress response lasts for about 10 minutes with hormones running around the body and putting up resources for fight or flight.


The combination of stress and pain can keep the body from absorbing nutrients and paying attention to the daily regimine of keeping healthy. The body is slowly burned out and hormones begin to faulter in their ability to manage key systems. The backup systems kick in to help but the help is not always able to keep the body healthy.

Attack the Root

It is important to respond to the root problem.


Whether or not we know the root cause may not matter. Responding to the root cause is doing things that help the body recover. There are many diseases that we have no cure to help people. There are other diseases where we maintain their condition but do not improve it enough to fix the problem completely. Sometimes a person ends up in what we call pallitive care. Despite these issues, there are general principles which apply to pain and any type of care independent of knowing the disease. This art of finding patterns of health has been in practice for thousands of years.

Begin to identify a specific pattern

This part may take some time. Give it time and a team of other people who are known for identifying patterns of health. Many different alternative therapists practice this way.

Bring awareness to the stress response

The first step in pain control is an awareness that this stress response is happening. If we respond to pain with more stress, it adds to the problem. If at all possible we need to savor those moments of less pain. Anything known to help us relax and kick back will become critical to coming back to good health. To someone in pain all of the time, many things considered important must be given background attention.

Identify any lack of free flow

Many conditions can cause pain. The Chinese say "no free flow equals pain". It has been used as a guide to treatment for thousands of years. It shows them where the body needs help and where the body is in acute trouble. They have been tracking the idea of radiating pain for thousands of years in pathways known as meridians. They have used the concept of mapped pathways to treat other parts of the body. Modern science has long known that the nerves have duplication. It scientific studies we see that treatment of the opposite arm significantly improves the healing of a broken arm by 35 percent.

In other words, the lack of free flow means multiple things:

  1. Pain occurs at specific points that need treatment
  2. Pain radiates across specific areas that need treatment
  3. Pain masks other painful locations as greater and lesser alarms
  4. Pain can be mirrored to reflective points in the body for treatment
  5. Pain can be from internal or external trauma
  6. Pain can be from excess or deficient conditions
  7. Identifying a point of pain identifies a point of treatment

Clear Obstruction; Stimulate flow

The Chinese have developed specific formulas to clear obstruction and to stimulate the flow of blood -- they have found it often alleviates pain and reduces swelling. This approach relies on is the long standing medical knowledge of oriental medicine -- not on modern opinion. Other formulas work on reducing the inflammation response.

Less pain in a synergistic system means healing

The nice thing about pain is that you recognize quickly when it goes away. It is easy to see if something works. Oriental Medicine has become the primary physician for over a billion people in today's society. One could look at it as the largest, accepted medical tradition in the history of the world.

Arthritis verses Bursitis

Arthritis is a condition that finds the joint deteriorating and bone on bone. It mostly occurs in specific joints unless a systemic problem is causing general joint deterioration. Bursitis is inflammation in the sac of fluid that helps lubricate the joint. Two things happen there, with inflammation, there is more pressure in the joint space. And with painful obstruction in the area, it makes it more difficult to lubricate the joint.

By pressing on painful points we are helping the body bring its healing response to that area. In Chinese Medicine a pain point can be anywhere and they call them Ah Shee points -- or as I would say, "ah so!" -- there it is! Energetically it is the body's escape path for an ailing joint. So to press it is slowly helping it to recover. Remember that if there is inflammation and pain, you may need to work from the outside in -- all around it like a clock. Many cultures have years of treating trauma with herbs, essential oils, lotions, and homeopathic remedies.

A Case in Point

On a visit to my elderly Father who had not told me about his arthritis in the finger, I found his finger completely going the wrong direction and frozen. I worked on it daily, gave him the appropriate chinese formula to work into it, and showed him how to work the finger. I got it unfrozen in about two sessions (one day). By the end of the week he was moving it and it was beginning to go back into place. I live a far piece from my Dad who lives in Wichita, Kansas. He worked his own finger back to recovery until he was playing the guitar and piano normally again in about a year. A seemingly impossible task in today's medicine who would have cut ligaments. That day was the beginning of a dream for me that I would someday help other people recover from their injuries in a more humane fashion.

Treatment Recommendations

Use the following for treating pain with enough treatments to see you clear of the trauma effect.

Treat inflammation internally with Zyflamend -- it is the most popular formula in the United States used by holistic practioners to fight inflammation. One twice a day as needed. It is found at Henry's or most health food stores. Or I can send you a link to order an organic form of it on-line. My type A personality patients tell me that Zyflamend has a side effect of calming them down.

Treat external inflammation and pain with homeopathic medicine. There are quite a few on the market. I use Traumeel. Buy a small bottle and use quite a small bit of it. A trace of it on your finger and work it in and around the pain areas. Take your time and use it sparingly. My tube of traumeel lasts over a year with weekly patients. This is found in local health food stores.

If you have muscles in spasm you need muscle relaxers which come in the form of Chinese Herbs. Use Po Som On for muscles and Wood lock for ligaments -- use nightly before bed. Wood lock is used when the end points of the muscles are stiff and painful. Po Som On is nice to have around because if you can get a relaxed response in the evening from its effect -- it makes the next day go smoother. Po Sum On is a combination of essential oils and Chinese Herbs.

Buy either Serrapetase by Solaray (a good and reasonable priced herbal company with products in most health food stores) or plain bromelain to help move the blockage done by the damage to the joint or joint area out of there. Take it twice a day on an empty stomach (like upon first waking or an hour away from a light meal) for best results. Let the enzymes breakdown the area and then by creating more flow the pain will lessen, and the area can heal faster.

In review:

  1. Use Zyflamend daily for inflammation -- go through one bottle, 2 pills daily
  2. Use Traumeel to rub into the painful areas
  3. May or may not need Po Som On to relax muscles at night
  4. Take Bromelain on an empty stomach 1-2 times daily to treat root cause

Of course, each body and its ability to recovery varies. And in Traditional Chinese Medicine we try to treat root causes and identify your pattern of health. In one case with Spleen Qi Deficiency the classic formula for that pattern is Si Jun Zi Tang. It takes months for herbs to help your overall condition but they are not too expensive. This classic formula is made up of ginseng, licorice, poria, and atractylodes. It will help someone with this pattern to recover to address the underlying health condition. With any pain response or illness take the time to identify the underlying health pattern and treat that underlying health pattern appropriately.

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