Natural and Alternative Neck Pain Treatment Options

Neck Pain Treatment {introduction}

Neck pain or stiffness can be caused by several different conditions, lifestyle factors or traumas, and can occur in the muscle, nerves, discs and cervical spine. Some conditions related to neck pain include fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, infection, herniated cervical disc, or spine-related cancer. Certain lifestyle factors such as poor posture and awkward sleeping positions can also contribute to neck pain, especially minor strain. Traumas can lead to certain neck issues as well, such as whiplash or bone fracture.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for neck pain.

TCM Diagnostic Patterns Related to Neck Pain

Listed below are Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostic patterns that are commonly involved with this western medical condition/symptom. Properly applied, Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and herbal medicine) treats patterns not individual symptoms/conditions which may better account for the range of symptoms often experienced by individuals. Pattern diagnosis/treatment is a crucial part of using Chinese Medicine for disease prevention instead of focusing on solely symptomatic treatments as is somewhat more common in western medicine. For more on this concept, please read What Does Acupuncture Treat? Or Treating the "Cause" and not the "Symptoms".

There are no tcm differential pattern diagnoses listed for this pattern at this time.


Herbal Formulas for Neck Pain Available From Our Store

Herbal Formulas

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Jin Gu Die Da Wan - Tendon and Bone Healing Herbal Formula
Jin Gu Die Da Wan - Tendon and Bone Healing Herbal Formula

Uses: Tendon, Bone and Joint Injuries. Jin Gu Die Da Wan/Pian literally "tendon and bone injury healing" formula, is a classic formula for traumatic injury to the tendons and or bones....



Jing Zhui Tong Wan - Neck Pain Herbal Formula
Neck Pain Herbal Formula

Uses: Neck Pain. Jing Zhui Tong Wan (aka Te Xiao Jing Zhui Tong Wan), literally "Patent Neck Pain Relief Pills" in Chinese.  It is a modern formula designed specifically for neck...



Peony & Licorice Teapills - Muscle Cramps, Muscle Spasms, Pain Herbal Formula
Peony & Licorice Teapills - Muscle Cramps, Muscle Spasms, Pain Herbal Formula

Uses: Muscle Spasms, Muscle Cramps, Pain. Peony & Licorice Teapills (Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan)is a traditional Chinese formula that softens the Liver, benefits yin, eases cramps and stops pain. This Chinese medicine is...



Acupuncture Treatment Protocols

Listed below are articles describing related TCM diagnoses and acupuncture treatment points. These generally require an understanding of basic TCM Theory, however, general readers may find the protocols illustrative of how Chinese Medicine views and treats this condition.

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Submitted Case Studies

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Neck Pain related articles

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  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:36am

    Acupuncture and the entire range of Chinese Medicine tools (cupping, herbal medicine, tuina, etc.) are used for a wide variety of acute and chronic pain issues.  Low back pain, which this study looked at more closely, is a global problem that affects around 80% of the population at one point or another in their lifetime.  There are a host of studies and clinical evidence that shows acupuncture being extremely useful for low back pain and related conditions.


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 07/26/2011 - 9:33am

    Qigong exercise has been shown in multiple studies to produce a wide array of health benefits with extremely limited chances of any side effects.  While the idea of moving slower to strengthen your bones, your heart, your immunity and other functions is a somewhat new concept to those from a western exercise background, the clinical and practical evidence is strong for qigong. 


  • purenergy's picture
    Contributor ~ purenergy
    Submitted On Wed, 05/04/2011 - 11:34am

          In 1920, Hans Bergen measured variations in the voltage of the brain and discovered there exist 2 main properties regarding brain waves: amplitude and frequency.  Amplitude being the fullness or strength of bio electrical current via synapses in cells of our body and frequency refers to the rate of pulsing or vibratory cyclical wave like movement between the firing cells.


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 06/22/2010 - 9:00pm

    An interesting study was recently published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.  Researchers from Tsukuba University of Technology performed a small study looking at the effects of practitioner skill and efficacy.  While many of us who have had massage have experienced both good and bad massages.  But what makes the difference?  Massage therapy is actually a very difficult skill that requires a mix of natural talent and trained ability which people can learn from good instructors.  


  • yyh_staff's picture
    Contributor ~ yyh_staff
    Submitted On Wed, 08/16/2006 - 3:05pm

    Acupuncture is often held to much higher standards when it comes to trials than what passes for positive results in the pharmaceutical based studies.  The study below confirms both that acupuncture is effective for neck pain as well as discusses some of the common critiques and problems with studying acupuncture.  

Forum posts related to Neck Pain

Listed below are forum posts related to this condition. You can click on the posts to submit comments. If you would like to submit a forum post/question related to this condition, please click to submit. For all recent activity see our forum.


  • MEBarranoc's picture
    Submitted On Mon, 06/02/2014 - 7:11pm
    Contributor ~ MEBarranoc

    I was diagnosed with estrogen positive breast cancer 10 years ago and have had neck pain for many years.  An MRI revealed degenerative changes.  Can you recommend an herbal formula that will NOT raise my estrogen...

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  • LoveHeals's picture
    Submitted On Thu, 03/21/2013 - 11:46am
    Contributor ~ LoveHeals
    Greetings friend, I seem to be having pain turning my neck, something formally known as a "crook" in the neck. I have tried I few things to loosen the tightness up such as; Epsom salt bath, massaging area with oil, applying heat bag, nothing seems...
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  • ang67's picture
    Submitted On Mon, 03/12/2012 - 9:43am
    Contributor ~ ang67

    Hi. I have a difficult case of neck pain that I have been treating for the last several weeks (8 sessions).

    Comments on this post (6)

  • bsmith89's picture
    Submitted On Sat, 08/28/2010 - 6:36am
    Contributor ~ bsmith89

    Hello Everyone,

    I am planning to get an octopus tattoo on my back and I thought it would be a good idea to have the tentacles run over some acupuncture meridians.  I know this isn't the same as treatment, but thought that...

    Comments on this post (15)

  • nickdziegler's picture
    Submitted On Fri, 07/09/2010 - 3:33pm
    Contributor ~ nickdziegler

    Hi.  I've had neck pain for about five years.  It consists of dull ache, stiffness/decrease in range of motion, popping around spine/shoulders, and occasionally sharp pains from between shoulder blades to base of skull.  ...

    Comments on this post (8)

  • thy's picture
    Submitted On Thu, 07/01/2010 - 5:20am
    Contributor ~ thy

    Female patient 50 years old. Menopause a few years ago.

    Main complain: occipital headache & neck pain for about 2 years, which make her feel tired most of the time. Shes very stressed and worries most of the time, due to work. Shes...

    Comments on this post (3)

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    Acupuncture Points for Neck Pain

    Below you will find acupuncture points relevant to this condition. The points listed below are by no means the only relevant points, rather we list empirical or commonly used points as well as those applicable to use with acupressure as a self-help remedy.


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    TCM Herbs and Formulas for Neck Pain

    TCM Herbal Formulas for Neck Pain

    Listed below are TCM Herbal Formulas related to this condition.
    General Indications Functional Grouping Combinations
    Die Da Wan - Trauma Healing Pill - TCM Herbal Formula

    Useful for many types of traumatic injuries, broken bones, sprains, fractures, etc. anywhere in the body.  Also useful for fixed abdominal masses, ulcerations, sciatica, arthritis, pelvic inflammatory disease and angina among others.

    In the case of traumatic injury the tongue and pulse may hold less clinical significance, for other conditions the Pulse may be wiry and the Tongue may be darker or show darkness in specific areas.

    Invigorate the Blood from Traumatic Injury, Invigorate the Blood
    Ge Gen Tang Wan - Kudzu Decoction - TCM Herbal Formula

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    Release Exterior Wind Heat, Release the Exterior
    Te Xiao Jing Zhui Tong Wan - Patent Neck Pain Relief Pills - TCM Herbal Formula

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    Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis, Invigorate the Blood
    Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan - Peony and Licorice Decoction - TCM Herbal Formula

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    Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen, Harmonize

    Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs for Neck Pain

    Below you will find Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs relevant to this condition. See our TCM Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no tcm herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Western Herbs and Neck Pain Medical Information

    Western herbs for Neck Pain

    Below you will find Western herbs relevant to this condition. See our Western Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no western herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Neck Pain - Western Medicine Information

    At this time no Western Medicine information has been completed for this section.