Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Osteoarthritis (OA) - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

Osteoarthritis (OA) - Basics

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.

Osteoarthritis (OA) - Diagnostic Patterns

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):

Osteoarthritis (OA) - Formulas From Our Store

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.

Osteoarthritis (OA) - Questions

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The following (2) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Osteoarthritis (OA)

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.

Xi Guan Jie Bi Tong Wan

  • Knee Joint Pain Relief
    • Arthritis from damp heat in Chinese Medicine terms.
    • Knee issues with kidney and liver systems involvement.
    • Lower body pain and/or inflammation - hips, knees, ankles, toes.
    • Connective tissue disorders.
  • Expel Dampness
  • Dispel Wind-Dampness

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