Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder) - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

Adhesive Capsulitis, or frozen shoulder, is characterized by stiffness and tightness in the shoulder, especially when in movement. It often results when an injury or other joint disorder leads to limited movement in the shoulder due to pain. This is worsened by a shortage of synovial fluid, which normally lubricates the space between the arm bone and socket, and the growth of abnormal bands of tissue, called adhesions.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Adhesive Capsulitis.


There are no acupuncture treatment protocols associated at this time.



There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder):

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The following (3) acupuncture points may be useful for adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)



There are (0) Chinese herbs currently associated with adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

There are no associated Chinese herbs at this time.

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