Chinese Medicine is wonderful for marathon runners. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be helpful both pre and post race. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) treats many ailments that may occur during training, including overuse injuries, joint pains and stiffness. It also helps improve your energy and overall wellness. Post race TCM helps speed recovery, reduce inflammation and soreness.
In a 2004 issue of the Baylor College of Medicine newsletter, John Cianca, MD, a BCM associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation said, “Acupuncture can also be helpful for athletes, like cyclists and runners, who experience overuse injuries…. We have had excellent success with acupuncture in treating sprains and strains and other sports-related injuries. Within a treatment or two, many patients have noticed a 50- to 75-percent reduction in pain and swelling.”