Pain Patches

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Pain patches are traditional Chinese herbs in a formula that make using topical pain relief easy and affordable.

They come in boxes with individual pre-cut patches, or in tin container rolls that you cut for length according to your needs.

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Pain Patches Uses Herbs In A Formula Designed To Provide Pain Relief And Help Speed Healing

These pain relief patches can be great for neck, shoulder, back, or joint pain and usually provide a pleasant, relaxing and natural method to alleviate both acute and chronic problems.

pain patchesCombined in a formulas, some of the traditional Chinese patches, sometimes called plasters, use two of my favorite herbs – frankincense and myrrh in a blend of herbal and active ingredients for pain relief and healing. They come in boxes of pre-cut patches or as a roll in tins that you can cut to the desired length

The formulas may use many herbs, not just frankinsence and myrrh, and this allows a synergistic effect which makes it more effective than a single herb or a formula with just 2 herbs. The formulas change over time due to herb availability and laws governing the appropriateness of harvesting.

So, there are some basic pain patches that have been popular over the years. They can be effective, when traditional patches or other topicals have failed. Because the formulas change. You need to check when you order. However, we will list some of the common ingredients used in these pain patches. Some use many, and some only use a few.

Ingredients In Herbal Pain Patches

  • Camphor – relieves pain and swelling
  • Menthol – analgesic, moves blood
  • Methyl Salicylate – for aches, muscle and joint pain associated with backache, arthritis, strains, sprains, and bruises
  • Black Pepper – a warming herb to stimulate circulation
  • Chinese Nardostachys Root and Stem – controls pain
  • Chinese Rhubarb Root and Stem – disperses stagnant blood and harmonizes with other circulating herbs
  • Cinnamon – invigorates blood vessels, good for pain relief in shoulder, arms and joints
  • Clove – sedating, moves blood, antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • Costus Root – promotes circulation and controls pain
  • Fragrant Angelica Root – supplements and moves blood, sedating fragrance
  • Frankincense – invigorates blood circulation, controls bleeding, relaxes muscles and controls pain
  • Glycerol Ester Of Rosin Gum – adhesive
  • Greater Galangal Root and Stem – harmonizing, fragrant, good for skin and joint numbness
  • Immature Tangerin Peel – circulatory
  • Lanolin – soothes skin
  • Lesser Galangal Root and Stem – good for arthritis relief, tonifies muscules, analgesic properties
  • Magnolia Flower – reduces joint swelling and inflammation
  • Mineral Oil – soothing for skin
  • Oriental Sweet Gum Resin – controls pain, reduces swelling, good for artritic conditions
  • Periploca Sepium Bark – reduces swelling
  • Prepared Ginger – anti-inflammatory
  • Pubescent Angelica Root – sedating, moves blood, alleviates pain, good for lower back and limbs
  • Sandalwood – sedating, controls pain and spasms
  • Schizonepeta Stem and Leaf – controls bleeding
  • Sichuan Lovage Root and Stem – activates blood, relieves pain and swelling
  • Myrrh – moves blood, relaxes tendons, good for numbness
  • Sweet Basil Herb – harmonizing, regulates blood
  • Tree Peony Bark – invigorates blood, reduces swelling, good for upper back
  • Acacia Catechu resolves inflammation and stops bleeding due to external injuries. Combines with other ingredients in pain patch formula to promote healing.
  • Rhubarb Root resolves heat inflammation and disperses stagnant fluid by invigorating the blood.
  • Dandelion Herb clears heat and disperses accumulations.
  • Daemonorops Draconis Resin dispells blood stasis, reduces swelling and alleviates pain.
  • Drynaria Rhizome promotes healing of bones and ligaments for falls, fractures, contusions and sprains.
  • Os Draconis is fossilized bone is applied topically for chronic, nonhealing sores and ulcerations.
  • Gardenia Fruit clears heat, reduces swelling and removes blood stagnation.
  • Lonicera Japonica Flower clears heat, reduces swelling and stops pain.
  • Safflower invigorates blood removing blood stasis and reduces pain used for sprains.
  • Dipsacus Root promotes movement of blood and alleviates pain often used for traumatic injury.
  • Myrrha Resin invigorates blood and dispells blood stasis, reduces swelling and alleviates pain, promotes healing.
  • Pinus Resin disperses swelling, alleviates pain and promotes healing. Helps other herbs in pain patch to penetrate deeply, often used for arthritic conditions.
  • Petrolatum – binding
  • Zinc Oxide On A Rubberized Fabric Backing Covered With A Protective Paper Sheet
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Benefits Of Pain Patches

pain patchesPain patches have multiple uses and can be great for neck pain relief and as a substitute for ice or heat. They can provide hours of relief in a single use, and relieve pain without any gels, creams or lotions to mess with. The unique herbal formulas enriched in the pain patch helps invigorate blood flow, breaks blood stagnation, relax tendons and muscles, alleviate pain and promote healing.

These pain patches have been a favorite of mine for years. I started using them in my practice around 1993 in conjunction with a myofascial release technique used in difficult cases. I found that using the pain patch after treatment helped to reduce any residual inflammation from deep tissue work and added to the efficacy of the therapy. I soon found that many patients would stop by to pick up pain patches for use at home and to give to friends.

Uses

Traditional description of applications include: Qi(energy) and blood stagnation presenting with sprains, strains, bruising, muscle pain, joint pain, soft tissue injuries and simple fractures. They can be excellent for acute injuries and chronic pain flare-ups. Stimulates local circulation and metabolism, significantly reducing recovery time for trauma without open wounds. Also good for chronic lower back ache, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. May also assist in relief of intercostal neuralgia, post-herpetic neuralgia.

Acute & Chronic Application

Formulas may be cooling or warming. Warming pain patches are more suitable for chronic pain and injuries. Many formulas will achieve a balance for more versatile use. If you are not sure, do not use on acute or very recent injuries for a few days.

pain patches in canChronic pain begins about 3-4 weeks after an initial injury and consists of residual pain and stiffness. Warming pain patches are especially useful when there is impaired circulation and the area is sensitive to cold and/or cold to the touch. They are appropriate for chronic injuries that ache in cold, damp weather. It should not be used while inflammation, heat and redness remain.

During the acute stage where inflammation and swelling are present, use the cooling patches helps to speed up healing in hopes to avoid chronic pain. Once the inflammation and swelling are gone, the chronic pain patches can be used to strongly stimulate circulation for further healing.

Traditional Functions: Invigorates Qi(Energy) and Blood, Relaxes Tendons and Muscles, Rids Wind Dampness from Muscles, Alleviates Pain

Traditional Indications: Chronic and degenerative conditions, neck pain, muscle pain, soft tissue injuries, arthritic conditions, joint pain, bruises, poor blood circulation and blood stagnation, low back pain, soft tissue strains (muscle tears) and sprains (ligament tears), numbness, neuralgia and simple fractures.

Application: Apply over symptomatic area, 3 to 4 times per day.

Directions: Remove transparent backing and apply to the affected area. Use two or more plasters if necessary to cover the entire area. Mobile, bony or hairy areas may need additional binding. Good for use at night when there is less movement.

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Cautions & Contraindications

They are for external use only! Contraindicated during pregnancy. Use with caution if on anti-coagulant therapy. Contraindicated for use on open wounds or with skin diseases such as eczema. Apply with care to those taking anticoagulants. May cause redness and itching and irritation in those with sensitive skin. Not suitable for children.

It is possible that sensitive individuals may experience some skin irritation – test on a small area first. They may contain latex. Sweating can decrease adhesion. Areas with hair may need to be cut or shaved prior to application.

It is rare to have adverse reactions, however, you can place a small piece on your skin to test any reaction before applying to affected areas.

Do not apply too tightly and avoid contact with the eyes or mucous membranes

Stop using pain patches if your condition gets worse, excessive skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort or diarrhea.

Author Bio

Dr. Steve has treated thousands of neck, shoulder and back conditions since graduating Chiropractic College in 1987 and during his involvement in Martial Arts. He holds certifications as a Peer Review Consultant, in Physiological Therapeutics, Modic Antibiotic Spinal Therapy, and specialized further in Myofascial Release Techniques. No longer in active practice, he authors articles for NeckSolutions and works with special products for ALS patients as well as other neuromuscular conditions.