The history of treating injuries with acupuncture and herbal therapy is centuries old and time-tested by martial artists and Chinese warriors. The theories and practices are practical and quite easy to comprehend.
Ice constricts the flow of blood and lymph fluid and slows down swelling; the thinking behind the RICE treatment was that it would lessen tissue damage. However, a study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that the practice of icing delayed the recovery of muscle damage and should not be the first choice of treatment for traumatic and sports injuries.
Herbs, on the other hand, can increase circulation and speed healing. Chinese medicine understands that pain and injury are due to stagnation and there is a specific way that traumatic injuries must be addressed:
1st Pain is due to the stagnation of Qi and Blood
2nd Remove stagnation and the swelling decreases
3rd The initial trauma and subsequent injury result in Heat and Toxins that must be cleared