Arthritis And Chinese Herbal Medicine

Arthritis and Chinese herbal medicine is a very developed aspect of Oriental medicine. Many effective remedies have been created over hundreds of years, and they work often when nothing else helps.

Chinese herbal remedies can be purchased online at various sites and at local Chinese markets. As with most herbs, avoid using them during pregnancy.

Which Chinese herbal remedy is right for me?

So you have arthritis and Chinese herbal medicine is something you're considering, but you don't know what remedy to use. Well, that depends on which "type" of arthritis you have. You determine that by looking at the associated symptoms... then choose the right remedy for that pattern.

To make it easier, I'm grouping some of the available remedies into the associated symptoms so you can compare and see the ones that sound closest to what you've got going on. Read all of them before making any decisions about the type of arthritis and Chinese herbal medicine appropriate for you.

The biggest distinction to make is - be sure that if your joints are red, warm and swollen, use only remedies from Group 3 (and vice-versa... if there not red, swollen and warm, don't use the remedies from Group 3).

These patterns often overlap, so you try to get in the ballpark when you choose a remedy...

Group 1 (called "wind cold damp type") - the pain could have any of these symptoms, but not necessarily all...

  • The pain may moves from place to place. For example, today it's in the fingers... next week its in the elbow or shoulder.
  • Pain gets worse with damp weather
  • Swelling
  • Feeling of heaviness
  • Numbness
  • There's not a sensation of heat and redness in the joint

Some of the remedies used for this type arthritis are:

Clear Channels Teapills (a.k.a. Juan Bi Wan) by Plum Flower Brand. Best when pain is worse with lack of movement or worse with cold and/or damp weather.

Joint Inflammation Teapills (a.k.a. Guan Jie Yan) by Plum Flower Brand and other manufacturers. Best for lower limb joint pain with swelling.

Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan (available in every Chinese market that sells herbs) Great when weak low back and especially weak or painful knees are a big issue.

Xiao Huo Luo Dan (available from several brands and in most Chinese markets and online). Particularly good for fixed location pain that's worse with cold or damp weather. Do not use if there's red, warm and swollen joints.

Group 2 (called "blood stagnation type"). The pain could have any of these symptoms (but not necessarily all)...

  • More severe pain with numbness and bad circulation.
  • Pain is constant
  • It's a fixed location
  • You may have this pain after surgery or an injury

These remedies are often good for the elderly who have poor blood circulation. Some of the remedies used for this type arthritis are:

China Tung Shueh Pills (available at many Chinese and online from Plum Flower Brand). Helpful in chronic pain from old injuries.

The Great Invigorator Teapills (a.k.a. Shen Tong zhu Yu Wan) by Plum Flower Brand. Especially good for long term, deep pain in the limbs.

Group 3 (called "heat" type)

  • You're joints are red, warm and swollen
  • You may have been diagnosed with rheumatiod arthritis

Four Marvel Teapills (a.k.a. Si Miao Wan) by Plum Flower Brand. It's particularly useful if the redness, pain and swelling is in the knees.

Feng Shi Hsiao Tung Wan - You'll find two different versions of this formula made by Tientsin Drug Manufactory. Both have the same application and are good choices for this type arthritis.

I hope this understanding of arthritis and Chinese herbal medicine allows you to benefit from the wisdom of this ancient medicine.

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