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Don’t Let Pain Bring You Down

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Pain can have profound effects on our own life, but it doesn’t stop there, these effects ripple outward through our responses to pain and impact our relationships and the world around us.

The effects of pain on our physical well-being are obvious, but it is also important to recognize that it can greatly effect our mental and emotional well-being.

Scientific research has begun to look at the complex web of interdependence between the physical stimulus of pain and our mental and emotional well-being. An example is research study done by a friend and patient of mine that found a strong relationship between pain and depression. Her study found that pain raises our cortisol levels (a stress hormone), and one of many negative responses to increased cortisol is often depression. With depression comes a whole host of potential symptoms including insomnia, anxiety, weight changes, and an increase of physical pain.

This relationship can easily become a vicious cycle of pain feeding depression and depression feeding pain.

Scientific research might be interesting, but most of us can connect to this relationship on a more immediate level. Anyone who has had either chronic or acute pain can confirm that there is a strong link between physical pain and depression, irritability, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and a whole range of other painful mental and emotional responses. For those of us who experience pain, this relationship also has the potentially to be liberating. It is important to remember that these painful responses not just emotional and mental patterns, but they have a physical aspect to them as well, they are also biological response to pain. This physiological response means we don’t have to consider them as permanent aspects of our selves, our personality, or “who we are”. Since they are a conditioned response, it means that they are something that we can change by addressing both the pain itself, and our body’s conditioned emotional and mental response to it.

Pain is a workable situation, and so is our mental and emotional response to it.

Oriental Medicine has been addressing the physical, mental and emotional aspects of pain for thousands of years. In modern times our treatments have become refined and informed by a scientific understanding of the body and mind. Research has proven its effectiveness in treating pain and helping manage emotional patterns such as stress, anxiety and depression. Some of the world’s top health research institutions such as the World Health Organization and the United States National Institute of Health have recognized the ability and importance of acupuncture in treating pain. Even the US military has instituted a program of “Battle-Field Acupuncture” to treat pain. There is no longer any rational doubt that acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can be a powerful tool to address pain.

With the tools of Oriental Medicine, including acupuncture and herbs, we can address the physical, mental and emotional aspects of pain.

Don’t let pain slow you down or bring you down. Let Oriental Medicine help you to live pain free, and better yet, to also be free from painful emotional and mental responses to life’s inevitable physical discomforts.

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