Why do we get pain?
All disease is accompanied by pain whether it is due to internal stimuli, problems of internal organs, or both. However, in Oriental medicine the origin of pain is the consequence of combination of all these actions to the body that disturbs the balance of internal organs. Depending on the degree of imbalance, the level of pain intensity is determined. Pain caused by the external factors or the internal factors are notably different.
How is Pain Treated?
The problem of western medicine is that it cannot even completely treat a headache. Instead of treating the headache, the pain is treated by giving temporary relief with analgesics, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen and aspirin. Because these medicines are temporary, once taken the medication the pain is relieved yet revisited once it wears off. Therefore, the medication has to be repeatedly administered on schedule for a given time frame. As a consequence to repeated drug use, a patient develops addiction to the medication as well as problems in other body organs. On the other hand, Oriental medicine can completely treat a headache. As mentioned previously, pain is a result of upsetting the balance of the body; therefore, pain caused by an external force or an accident can be quickly treated by concentrating positive energy in the affected areas of the body. A chronic pain caused by problems of the body organs is treated by restoring the balance of the internal organs, but it takes longer to be treated than the pain caused by external factors.