29 May 2020
Did You Know? The spleen is responsible for nourishing joint muscles, converting essential nutrients into qi and blood.

You’ve been trying to lift some heavy furniture around the house when suddenly, you feel a loss of strength in your arm. Pain soon follows, and now, you find yourself with a new muscle injury. If you are on the higher side of the age spectrum, chances are, recovery from a muscle injury may take longer than you expect. Weeks. Sometimes, more. 

Flex To The Max

Our muscles, tendons and ligaments are interconnected, and work in unison to enable us to perform movements at will. Any injury suffered to any component can prove to be debilitating. For muscles, it is a structural tissue that will only get stronger and better the more you use it. Long periods of inactivity may cause muscle weakness, or cause them to be more susceptible to injuries.  

Boost Muscle Strength with TCM

In TCM philosophy, it is believed that the spleen governs the muscles, especially at the joints, it is responsible for converting nutrients it receives into qi and blood. Any deficiency in the spleen would result in nutrients being converted into phlegm and dampness, and when phlegm accumulates, this will result in the stagnation of qi and blood. Another issue may arise from qi and blood deficiency, which occurs with age. An invasion of external pathogenic factors such as wind, cold and dampness may trigger muscle pain.

Through modalities such as acupuncture and acupressure (tui na), the circulation of qi and blood in the body can be restored.  

Acupuncture & Acupressure

By inserting fine needles into various acupoints in the body, acupuncture can free stagnated qi and blood to restore circulation and balance. Acupressure massage (tui na) works on the same principles, with a practitioner using his hands instead of needles. Both treatments also trigger the release of endorphins, which enable a relaxing feeling after treatment. 

Herbal Prescriptions

Apart from acupuncture and acupressure, there are other ways to alleviate muscle pain and weakness. Chinese herbs such as the divaricate saposhnikvia root and common monkshood mother root can be used to dispel wind, dampness and cold from the body. Herbs like codonopsis root and processed rehmannia root works to strengthen your spleen and increase qi and blood flow. Through a TCM diagnostic, your TCM physician can prescribe the right set of herbs in that form of a concoction or formula that will aid in muscle pain relief and regain muscle strength. 
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