Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage—which cushions the bones in the joint and absorbs shock—wears down and leaves the bones unprotected. When this happens, the bones rub against each other, creating pain and inflammation, and limiting range of movement in the joint. Over a long period of time, bone spurs can form, and the joint can become misshapen. Furthermore, pieces of bone or cartilage can break off and travel freely in the joint space, causing more pain. Osteoarthritis occurs primarily in older patients, however, young people who have experienced a joint injury can also suffer from the disease.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Osteoarthritis.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of osteoarthritis (oa) 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 osteoarthritis (oa):
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating osteoarthritis (oa). For a complete list from our store with more details see our osteoarthritis (oa) formula section.
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)