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

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).

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.

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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for arthritis (bi syndromes):

Connections coming soon, for now please use our stores formulas by conditions page.


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.)



There are (1) Chinese herbs currently associated with arthritis (bi syndromes). Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for arthritis (bi syndromes). For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Arthritis (Bi Syndromes)

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
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