Natural and Alternative Arthritis (Bi Syndromes) Treatment Options

Arthritis (Bi Syndromes) Treatment {introduction}

Arthritis is a rheumatic disease that causes stiffness and pain in the joints, and may be accompanied by inflammation, redness and swelling. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis--which often occurs in older age and is characterized by pain in the fingers, knees and hips--and rheumatoid arthritis, which represents a problem with the body's defense system. People with rheumatoid arthritis often exhibit symmetrical inflammation of the joints, commonly in the hands and feet.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Arthritis.

TCM Diagnostic Patterns Related to Arthritis (Bi Syndromes)

Listed below are Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostic patterns that are commonly involved with this western medical condition/symptom. Properly applied, Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and herbal medicine) treats patterns not individual symptoms/conditions which may better account for the range of symptoms often experienced by individuals. Pattern diagnosis/treatment is a crucial part of using Chinese Medicine for disease prevention instead of focusing on solely symptomatic treatments as is somewhat more common in western medicine. For more on this concept, please read What Does Acupuncture Treat? Or Treating the "Cause" and not the "Symptoms".


Herbal Formulas for Arthritis (Bi Syndromes) Available From Our Store

Herbal Formulas

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Druum Bue Menja - Arthritis Tea
Druum Bue Menja - Arthritis Tea

Uses: Arthritis, Joint Inflammation, Stiffness. Druum-Bue Menja is formulated from natural herb in accordance with Tibetan Science of healing. It is traditionally used to subside imbalance of loong and blood due to weak...



Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan - Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Pain Herbal Formula
Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan - Arthritis, Sciatica, Rheumatic Back Pain Herbal Formula

Uses: Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Pain, Sciatica, Back Pain.



Jing Zhui Tong Wan - Neck Pain Herbal Formula
Neck Pain Herbal Formula

Uses: Neck Pain. Jing Zhui Tong Wan (aka Te Xiao Jing Zhui Tong Wan), literally "Patent Neck Pain Relief Pills" in Chinese.  It is a modern formula designed specifically for neck...



Zheng Gu Shui - External Analgesic Liniment
Zheng Gu Shui - External Analgesic Liniment

Uses:  Bone Injuries, Sprains, Strains, Arthritis.  Zheng Gu Shui is a Traditional Chinese Medicine liquid formula used to heal bone injuries, muscle aches, sprains, strains, arthritis,...



Zuo Gu Shen Jing Tong Pian - Sciatica, Arthritis Herbal Formula
Zuo Gu Shen Jing Tong Pian - Sciatica, Arthritis Herbal Formula

Uses: Sciatica, Arthritis.



Acupuncture Treatment Protocols

Listed below are articles describing related TCM diagnoses and acupuncture treatment points. These generally require an understanding of basic TCM Theory, however, general readers may find the protocols illustrative of how Chinese Medicine views and treats this condition.

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Arthritis (Bi Syndromes) related articles

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  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Wed, 12/26/2012 - 2:55pm

    Chinese Medicine is often used to treat a wide range of pain and auto-immune related conditions including osteo (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  Within Chinese Medicine, Chinese herbal formulas can be used to aid patients with arthritis called (bi-syndromes) in Chinese Medicine.  In a recent study, researchers from the Shanghai Guanghua Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine conducted a study evaluating the effectiveness of a particular herbal formula on bone density in RA patients.


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 01/24/2012 - 10:34am

    Glucosamine Hydrochloride (HCL) is often recommended for the management of joint pain by many western and alternative practitioners from various disciplines.  Glucosamine has shown somewhat mixed results clinically and within studies but is generally considered safe and at least somewhat effective.


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 01/24/2012 - 10:11am

    Chinese Medicine properly applied involves a range of techniques including acupuncture, herbal medicine, tuina massage, cupping, moxibustion, etc..  Used together these tools are used to treat a range of pain related conditions including osteo and rheumatoid arthritis.  Moxibustion (see What is Moxibustion?) is a technique that can be used both within a clinical setting but is often prescribed as a home treatment that is relatively easy to perform once the patient is shown which points to use and the general technique.  The
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  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 10/25/2011 - 9:27am

    Acupuncture and associated Chinese Medicine treatments such as herbal medicine, tuina massage, and medical qi gong, has been shown to aid a wide range of pain related cases.  With arthritis there are two parts of treatment, one being a local part to locally reduce inflammation and pain and increase mobility and the other part is secondary to help control the contributions of the body towards developing arthritis (i.e.


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Mon, 04/11/2011 - 8:21am

    Reported in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, researchers from Sichuan University in Chengdu China recently conducted a study looked at the effectiveness of acupuncture for gout (gouty arthritis).  While acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) are often used to treat gout clinically the underlying mechanisms of effectiveness are not well understood.  This animal study looked at the metabolic effects of acupuncture for gout.


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 01/18/2011 - 10:45am

    Volumes of research and hundreds of years of experience have shown Tai Chi to promote a range of very positive health benefits in those who practice the exercise.  Tai Chi has been shown to promote positive changes in immunity, in circulation, bone density, muscular strength, and more.  Many of these are illustrated in my article, the "Multiple Health Benefits of Tai Chi."  


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Wed, 08/18/2010 - 7:39pm

    This the fourth edition in my general introduction to the meridian/organ systems in Chinese Medicine will focus on the Stomach and Spleen meridians.


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 07/27/2010 - 11:43am

    Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are commonly used to treat a broad range of musculoskeletal problems.  The costs of these conditions to each individuals quality of life is often high and may lead to very serious secondary issues such as drug addiction, mental health problems and more.  With this study a group of researchers from the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam looked at whether or not improvements were made in subjects quality of life from acupuncture.


  • yyh_staff's picture
    Contributor ~ yyh_staff
    Submitted On Sat, 08/19/2006 - 12:39pm

    Below you will find a variety of links and texts related to the eastern medicine treatment of depression.

Forum posts related to Arthritis (Bi Syndromes)

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  • Piker22's picture
    Submitted On Sun, 06/30/2013 - 9:04pm
    Contributor ~ Piker22

    Hi,

    I was wondering how you felt about using Imada Red Flower Analgesic Oil to help alleviate severe arthritis in the hands (so bad, sometimes can't even open jar).  Beginning states of osteoporosis are affecting mobility in the...

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  • Kitsune's picture
    Submitted On Fri, 12/28/2012 - 1:07pm
    Contributor ~ Kitsune

    Hello,

    This is a basic question about acupuncture frequency, but I've been struggling with it lately.

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  • gemagema's picture
    Submitted On Wed, 10/05/2011 - 11:32am
    Contributor ~ gemagema

    I think I have arthritis. I'm not really sure that is what it is. I had blood work done and the dr. said that my tests came back and everything was in normal range. My mother was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia around my age. She is thinking that...

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  • sbraunwarth's picture
    Submitted On Thu, 03/03/2011 - 7:14pm
    Contributor ~ sbraunwarth

    I have treated a women for a few weeks for arthritis in her left pointer finger.  It is extremely swollen, and she can't bend it at all.  I have been using local points along with some distal to treat her constitution (some signs...

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  • bsmith89's picture
    Submitted On Sat, 08/28/2010 - 6:36am
    Contributor ~ bsmith89

    Hello Everyone,

    I am planning to get an octopus tattoo on my back and I thought it would be a good idea to have the tentacles run over some acupuncture meridians.  I know this isn't the same as treatment, but thought that...

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  • student's picture
    Submitted On Sun, 05/09/2010 - 7:09pm
    Contributor ~ student

    I am curious. I have been told the if the pH of the blood is too acid , joint pain will result.  I don't quite understand this. Our bodies work very hard to maintain its buffer systems with lungs and kidneys. does anyone have experience with...

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The areas and points listed below are those that are commonly found blocked in people with arthritis.  While there are some clinical differences between rheumatoid and osteo arthritis, our...

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    Within TCM theory the term "Bi-Syndromes" is used to classify a broad range of conditions which are closely related to arthritis in western medical terminology.

    In theoretical terms, a "bi syndrome" refers to an obstruction of the circulation of Qi and Blood in the channels usually caused by the invasion of pathogenic factors (cold/wind/damp) in the muscles, tendons, bones & joints, causing soreness, pain, numbness or a heavy sensation.

    Acupuncture Points for Arthritis (Bi Syndromes)

    Below you will find acupuncture points relevant to this condition. The points listed below are by no means the only relevant points, rather we list empirical or commonly used points as well as those applicable to use with acupressure as a self-help remedy.


    Professional Practitioner Information

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    TCM Herbs and Formulas for Arthritis (Bi Syndromes)

    TCM Herbal Formulas for Arthritis (Bi Syndromes)

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    Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan - Solitary Hermit Teapills - TCM Herbal Formula

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    Dispel Wind-Dampness, Expel Dampness

    Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs for Arthritis (Bi Syndromes)

    Below you will find Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs relevant to this condition. See our TCM Herbal Database for more details.

    Western Herbs and Arthritis (Bi Syndromes) Medical Information

    Western herbs for Arthritis (Bi Syndromes)

    Below you will find Western herbs relevant to this condition. See our Western Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no western herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Arthritis (Bi Syndromes) - Western Medicine Information

    Below you will find general Western Medicine information relevant to this condition.