Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Knee Pain - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of knee pain 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).

Knee pain can be the result of several factors, including injury, disease or the gradual wearing down of the joint. It can occur in the joint itself, the tendons that cushion the joint or any of the numerous supporting muscles and tissues. The disease most commonly associated with knee and joint pain is arthritis. A type of rheumatic disease, arthritis causes stiffness and pain in the joints, and may be accompanied by inflammation, redness and swelling. Other common causes of knee pain include tendinitis (inflammation of a tendon in the joint), a torn meniscus or ligament, and sprain.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Knee Pain.


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 knee pain:

Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan
Xi Guan Jie Bi Tong Wan
Yan Hu Suo Zhi Tong Wan

The following (8) acupuncture points may be useful for knee pain. 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 (8) Chinese herbs currently associated with knee pain. Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for knee pain. 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 Knee Pain

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
Fang Ji Huang Qi Wan

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Shen Tong Zhu Yu Wan

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Xi Guan Jie Xiao Tong Wan

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Xiao Huo Luo Wan

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