Getting Back in the Game: Strategies for Recovery from Injury, Surgery, and Other Damage
Saturday, 10/27 at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The objective of this course is to focus practitioner attention on the three stages of injury recovery and the associated TCM therapies for each stage, relying particularly on use of herbal medicine. The presentation will elaborate upon the approach applied in the English-Chinese Encyclopedia of Practical Traditional Chinese Medicine volume on Orthopedics and Traumatology, with updated information since its publication in 1989.
Treatment of injury is one of the foundations of acupuncture practice, but the herbal component of therapy is often given little attention, relying primarily on a single therapeutic principle—vitalizing blood—and use of some well known topical oils, liniments, and plasters. However, TCM has a richly developed field of traumatology that includes consideration of injury in stages—initial, intermediate, and chronic—with different herbal therapeutics based not only stage, but location of injury, depth, and assessment of progress. The experience with traumatic injuries can be applied as well to the effects of surgery, radiation therapy, localized infection and inflammation, and childbirth.