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

The Chinese Medicine treatment of tendinitis 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).

Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon, the band of tissue that connects muscle to bones in the body. This condition usually occurs in tendons that experience a repeated motion or stress (such is the case with athletes and carpenters) or in conjunction with another condition such as gout, arthritis, or infection. Common areas affected by tendinitis include the rotator cuff, biceps, knee and the Achilles tendon. The main symptom of tendinitis is tenderness and pain around the affected joint tendon.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Tendinitis.


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 tendinitis:

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The following (3) acupuncture points may be useful for tendinitis. 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 (0) Chinese herbs currently associated with tendinitis. Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for tendinitis. For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

There are no associated Chinese herbs at this time.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Tendinitis

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
Die Da Wan

Useful for many types of traumatic injuries, broken bones, sprains, fractures, etc. anywhere in the body.  Also useful for fixed abdominal masses, ulcerations, sciatica, arthritis, pelvic inflammatory disease and angina among others.

In the case of traumatic injury the tongue and pulse may hold less clinical significance, for other conditions the Pulse may be wiry and the Tongue may be darker or show darkness in specific areas.

Jin Gu Die Da Wan

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