Five years ago, I went to Kauai (Hawaii) for the first time and it was breathtaking! This small island is where Jurassic Park was filmed! It’s a true beauty, with amazing hikes (see pic below), perfect places to snorkel, great local organic food and friendly people.

The first 4 days of our week trip were fantastic, and then I strained my sacroiliac joint! BADLY. This was probably the most excruciating pain I had ever experienced! I couldn’t sit, lie down or stand, all position were causing me stabbing pain (major Blood Stasis!).

A few days later, we came home to Canada, and it turns out I also herniated my 4th and 5th Lumbars. My MD told me it would take 2 to 3 months for the pain to be completely gone. NOT ON MY WATCH!!! NO way!

So I started DAILY acupuncture, weekly massage, and chiropractic adjustments. Two weeks later I was back running and experiencing no pain! I’ve said many times, but I’ll say it again: Acupuncture freaking Rocks!

Below I created a chart with the Basic TCM Protocols for Lumbar Disk Herniation, in case you needed it to help relieve your patients pain.

Keep rocking with TCM,
TCM Geek


Lumbar Disk Herniation

  • Characteristics: Degenerative change (with or without trauma) resulting in rupture of the inter-vertebral disk in the Lumbar region.

  • Symptoms: When the herniated disk compresses the nerve, the patient gets severe pain, numbness, muscular weakness & may be atrophy. Pain is worse on coughing, movement, laughing or defecating.



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