Acupuncture is big in helping with aches, pain and stagnation. Temperature is dropping in Toronto, and aches and pain are coming back.
"Wherever there is stagnation, there is pain", this is a well-known Chinese saying. Have you heard of the term "Liver Qi stagnation" or "blood stasis" when you go to see you acupuncturist? Basically there are two kinds of stagnation , one is the intangible Qi stagnation and the other kind is the tangible blood stagnation.
Many reasons may cause Qi stagnation and blood stasis, such as injuries, accidents, surgeries, anger, cold, Qi deficiency etc. Playing sports, car crashes, surgeries give us damages and blood stasis inside, which can be reflected on the tongue. Qi is the moving force for blood circulation. When someone is anxious, nervous or angry, the Liver Qi is stagnant leading to possible blood stasis in the worse cases. If someone doesn't have enough Qi and lacks of moving force of blood circulation, which can also cause blood stasis. You know, cold can slow things down. Cold slows blood circulation and causes stasis.
Qi stagnation and blood stasis both can cause aches and pain. But the worst thing about blood stasis is not pain; when the stasis travels to the heart, emergency happens!!! Dial 911 in emergency situation like that, this is beyond an acupuncturist's scope of practice in Canada. Otherwise, acupuncture is a good choice for aches, pain and stagnation, and make all the cold days to come more pleasant.