Dampness invading the Channels joints and muscles

At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 湿痹      Pinyin name: Shī Bì

Pattern nature: Full

Pattern hierarchy: Specific pattern under Damp

Causes

Common causes: 1. External Dampness, 2. Weak constitution

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Joint pain Joint stiff Heavy joint Swollen joints Numbness in the skin and one other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Slow (Chi), Soggy (Ru)

Tongue description: Stick white coating

Treatment

Treatment principle: Remove Dampness, unblock Channels, disperse Wind Cold

Common formulas: Shu Jing Huo Xue Tang

Pathology

It is a type of the Painful Obstruction Syndrome (Bi Syndrome 痹证). The Chinese name is called Shi Bi or Zhe Bi (湿痹 / 着痹). 

The most typical manifestation of the pattern are the swollen, pain and numbness of the joints or muscles. These conditions get worse during raining weather or when the patients enter into some humid spaces. 

When the discomfort occurs to one joint only, it is often due to Cold and Dampness combined invasion. While if several joints are concerned, it is more due to Damp and Heat together. 

Causes

External Dampness : External Cold, Wind and Damp can penetrate the Body's Defensive Qi and settle down in the joints.

Weak constitution: Weak constitution means the Defensive Qi is not strong enough to fight against the external Pernicious Influence invasion. It can be due to genetic defect, overwork, lack of exercise, or long term sickness.

Diagnosing Dampness invading the Channels joints and muscles

Pulse type(s): Slow (Chi) or soggy (Ru)

Tongue description: Stick white coating

Main symptoms: Joint pain Joint stiff Heavy joint Swollen joints Numbness in the skin Numbness in the muscles

Diagnosis commentary: Key characteristic symptoms of this pattern are the joints pain, stiffness and swollen that worsen during rainy weather or in damp environments.

Treating Dampness invading the Channels joints and muscles

Treatment principle

Remove Dampness, unblock Channels, disperse Wind Cold 

Herbal formulas used to treat Dampness invading the Channels joints and muscles

Shu Jing Huo Xue Tang

Source date: 1587 AD

Number of ingredients: 16 herbs

Key actions: Expels Wind Damp from the Channels. Invigorates Blood. Unblocks the channels.

Formula summary

Shu Jing Huo Xue Tang is a 16-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1587 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that invigorate Blood and dispel Blood Stagnation.

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