No matter how hard we try, injuries are a part of life. Whether it’s that aching back from yard work, a sports injury, or trauma from an accident, at some point we are going to hurt ourselves. What’s important is getting fast and effective treatment. The right treatment will speed recovery and will assist in preventing future injury to the same area.
One extremely beneficial way to treat injuries includes the use of topical liniments formulated from a variety of natural, high quality, potent Chinese herbs. Paradigm Acupuncture is proud to be able to provide the following topical liniments to treat a wide array of ailments. The results are maximum healing without side effects.*
New Injury Liniment (4 oz for $19)
One of our most popular, it penetrates deep to promote healing and provide relief from acute flare-ups. It is used mostly to treat bruises or injuries accompanied by swelling, redness and heat where the skin is intact. Ideally, New Injury Liniment should be used during the first seven days of an injury or for older injuries during flare-ups.
Old Injury Liniment (4 oz for $19)
Also popular, this liniment helps chronic aches and pains, such as those that present with changes in weather, aging or injuries that just didn’t heal fully. The warming herbs help to promote circulation and flexibility.
8 Immortals Liniment (4 oz for $22)
This is warming liniment can be applied before strenuous activity or immediately after to loosen muscles or reduce bruising and strains. It is also extremely effective for stiff joints resulting from arthritic pain.
Background on Strains and Sprains
A strain is a stretching injury to muscles or tendons from mechanical overloading. While there is rarely any visible evidence of injury, there is usually pain, stiffness and swelling.
While it may resemble a strain, a sprain involves the ligaments surrounding a joint, and the swelling and pain are slower to subside. Abnormal or excessive movement of a joint is the cause. Signs of a sprain are pain, rapid swelling, heat, disability of the joint, discoloration, and limited function.
Additionally, skeletal injuries may be accompanied by soft tissue traumas that include contusions, hematomas, and lacerations. Depending on the type and severity of the injury, healing time can vary, as can the potential for infection.
Western Medical Approaches
Anyone who has suffered an injury should consult with a physician as soon as possible to discuss treatment options and rule out more severe health concerns.
Typical treatments by a physician may include body part elevation, and the application of cold within the first 24 hours. For severe hematomas, draining may be required. After 24 hours, alternating heat and cold can be applied in 20-minute intervals. Lacerations are usually treated with wound closure methods.
Asian Medicine and Injury
According to Asian Medicine mechanical injury disrupts the flow of important substances at the injury site leading to a lack of movement essential for healing.
The type of injury typically falls into two broad categories: hot and cold. Heat types present with redness and swelling in addition to other body signs. Cold types usually present primarily with severe pain with little or no swelling or redness.
Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach it’s important to select the right treatment for the type of injury. A licensed acupuncturist is trained in assessing the type of injury and prescribing the appropriate treatment under the theories of Asian Medicine. The primary goal of topical liniments is to remove obstructions and promote the healing process.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA