Topic: The nature of deficiency or excess pain and its TCM acupuncture treatment plan

Dr. Jiu Lin Wang


Dr. Jiulin Wang has both MD and MSc. Degrees in TCM from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where he was also a faculty member. He has received manual osteopathic therapist designation from the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada in 2020, honoured with distinction.
Dr. Wang has taught TCM/Acupuncture in many universities from China, US, and Canada. Currently, Dr. Jiulin Wang is an associate professor and past chair of the Acupuncture Program at Grant MacEwan University. He is also a founding member of Bethune Oriental Medicine Center, a largest Acupuncture clinic in Alberta, where he provides private TCM/Acupuncture service to the public.
Jiulin is dedicated to biomedical research. He finished two terms of post-doctoral fellowship training in the Neuroscience Department of Louisiana State University and Oregon Health Science University, USA. He has partnered with the Pulmonary Research Centre, University of Alberta, to finish an Acupuncture research project on COPD. As strong background in neuroscience, Dr. Wang focuses his research interests on pain management and mental health. He has published more than 30 professional papers and books. Jiulin has been invited to deliver both professional and public speeches all over the world.
Dr. Wang has been an expert reviewer of ICD-11 TM code and Chinese medicine Terminology invited by World Health Organization (WHO). He has been sitting on three professional journals as an editorial board member in the past 8 years.
Since 2001, Jiulin has been an active member of the Acupuncture and TCM profession in Alberta and Canada. Since 2007, he has served as interim council of the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA). In 2010, 2012, 2014, he was elected as a CAAA council member, serving as secretary and treasurer separately. Currently Dr. Wang sits on conduct and competence committee in CAAA, and vice president of Alliance of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine of Canada (AACMC).


The classification of pain based on deficiency and excess is a high-level summary of pain classification in Traditional Chinese medicine, which has extremely important clinical significance. Excess pain is mostly caused by invasion of external pathogenic factors, Qi stagnation and blood stasis, blockage of turbid phlegm, food and stone, which leads to poor circulation of qi and blood in internal organs and meridians, that is, the so-called “pain is none other than a reflection of blockage”. Deficiency pain is mostly caused by failure of nourishment of internal organs or meridians due to yang qi deficiency, or insufficient essence and blood, that is, the so-called “pain is none other than a reflection of poor nourishment”. However, in the study of pain in modern medicine, there are few such studies. Understanding the neurobiological basis of deficiency and excess pain and comparing the differences in pain understanding in Chinese and Western medicine is not only conducive to the development of new treatment methods of acupuncture in traditional Chinese medicine, but also may promote the leap of modern science in pain research.


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