Often when we are treating back pain we want to add Chinese herbs between treatments to increase the effectiveness of the treatment and get you feeling better as soon as possible. There are several formulas that we have used for years that can really speed things along. One of my favorite for acute back pain is a formula by Evergreen herbs call Traumanex. This formula is good for trauma anywhere in the body. Another one we use often is shen tong zhu yu tong which is sometimes called the Great Invigorator. This formula increases blood circulation to the back which is usually an issue in acute back pain or strain. Another good formula that is good for more chronic conditions is du huo ji sheng wan. With chronic back pain a weakness in the kidney energy is almost always an issue. This formula tonifies the kidneys and warms the low back to move the blood. When acupuncture and cupping are applied first then followed by some herbs, back pain can resolve quickly.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond