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Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Arthritis (Bi Syndromes) - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses


Arthritis (Bi Syndromes) - Basics

Arthritis is a rheumatic disease that causes stiffness and pain in the joints, and may be accompanied by inflammation, redness and swelling. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis--which often occurs in older age and is characterized by pain in the fingers, knees and hips--and rheumatoid arthritis, which represents a problem with the body's defense system. People with rheumatoid arthritis often exhibit symmetrical inflammation of the joints, commonly in the hands and feet.


Arthritis (Bi Syndromes) - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of arthritis (bi syndromes) 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).

The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of arthritis (bi syndromes):



Arthritis (Bi Syndromes) - Acupuncture Protocols

The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.

The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Arthritis (Bi Syndromes)


Arthritis (Bi Syndromes) - Tam Healing - Tong Ren Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for arthritis (bi syndromes) that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.

The following Tam Healing/Tong Ren Therapy Protocols May Be Used With Arthritis (Bi Syndromes)


Arthritis (Bi Syndromes) - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating arthritis (bi syndromes). For a complete list from our store with more details see our arthritis (bi syndromes) formula section.


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Arthritis (Bi Syndromes) - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (3) acupuncture points may be useful for arthritis (bi syndromes). 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.)



Arthritis (Bi Syndromes) - Related Chinese Herbs

The following (2) chinese herbs may be useful for arthritis (bi syndromes). In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.



The following (4) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Arthritis (Bi Syndromes)

Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan

  • Solitary Hermit Teapills
    • For chronic pain due to obstruction (bi zheng) with liver and kidney deficiency.
    • For lower back pain often with weakness and/or pain in the knees.
    • For arthritis, especially the type affected by cold/damp weather.
  • Expel Dampness
  • Dispel Wind-Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.
    • Do not use with patients that present with damp heat or excess heat.

Juan Bi Wan

  • Remove Painful Obstruction Decoction
    • Wind-cold-damp bi syndromes in qi deficient patients - joint pain possibly with heaviness of the limbs that generally improves with movement.  Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gouty arthritis.  With wind-cold-damp patterns other inflammatory conditions such as fibromyalgia.
    • Atrophy from qi and blood stagnation - stroke recovery.
  • Expel Dampness
  • Dispel Wind-Dampness

Shu Jing Huo Xue Wan

  • Relax The Channels and Invigorate The Blood Decoction
    • Primarily used for blood stasis with wind-damp in the channels and collaterals characterized by internal deficiency with external excesses - joint pain, muscle aches, numbness and/or pain in the lower extremities (may be severe).
    • Wind-cold damp bi-syndrome (i.e. arthritis) - particularly in the lower part of the body, hips, knees, lower back.
    • Sciatic pain with the correct underlying pattern.
    • Neck pain with the correct underling pattern.
    • Fractures that are reluctant to heal, particularly in the lower body.
  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Avoid during pregnancy.
    • Generally not for long term use and use with caution if at all in deficient patients.

Si Miao Wan

  • Four Marvels Powder
    • Damp-Heat Bi-Syndromes in Chinese Medicine terms - arthritis with hot swollen joints. With the right underlying diagnosis both osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis would respond.
    • Gout.
    • Weakness and/or atrophy in the lower body with swelling.
    • Leukorrhea and other heat related discharge.
  • Expel Dampness
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Avoid in pregnancy.
    • Avoid in deficiency cases.
    • Generally not suitable for arthritis with cold/deficient signs.



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