The Chinese martial arts know a lot about trauma medicine. A sinew popping kick to one of the joints, punches that powder capillary beds, or broken and shattered bones from falls or weapons all are common fare. The Chinese long ago figured out how to fight with style and power. They also learned a tremendous amount about putting people back together.
Tom Bisio learned about treating trauma with Chinese methods while he was in Asia studying martial arts. That was the beginning of his interest in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and the beginning of his journey that lead him to being one of the foremost experts in the West today on using traditional methods to treat trauma.
Listen in as we discuss why ice is for dead people, and some simple things you can do to treat trauma that will help to prevent your damaged joints from being able to forecast the weather in the few years.
1:22- The connection between trauma medicine and the Chinese martial arts.
3:45- Ice is for dead things.
9:25- What to do if you aren’t using ice.
16:53- Cupping helps get rid of the stagnation from old injuries.
19:30- Liniments can make a big difference in the healing process.
22:19- Treating surgical wounds.
28:50- Movement practices to help recover full range of motion.
30:42- Why mindful movement is important in the recovery process.
44:25- The most helpful formula to take for non-bleeding soft tissue damage.
In addition to practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine in New York City, Tom teaches the Chinese internal arts of Ba Gua Zhang and Xing Yi Quan. These internal arts, long used by the Chinese for longevity and wellbeing, are available to everyone, without mysticism or secrecy.
Tom also teaches Zhen Guo Tuina, the traditional Chinese science of joint and tissue manipulation to practitioners.
Tom is the author of the popular book, A Tooth From the Tiger’s Mouth and co-author with Frank Butler on Zheng Gu Tui Na : A Chinese Medical Massage Textbook.
Links and Resources
Why One should not use Ice for Injuries or chronic pain
How to make San Huang San – “Herbal Ice”
Classes in Chinese medicine in which you can learn to treat your own injuries the Chinese Sports Medicine way
To Purchase San Huang San (“Herbal Ice”) pre-made in ointment form
Download a PDF excerpt on treating sports injuries without ice, from Tom’s book A Tooth From the Tiger’s Mouth.