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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.
Dampness is one of the pathogenic factors in Chinese Medicine. Learn more about Dampness in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Slow (Chi) or soggy (Ru)
Tongue description: Stick white coating
Diagnosing a pattern in Chinese Medicine is no easy feat and should be left to professional practitioners.
In particular one has to know how to differentiate between different types of pulses and tongue coatings, shapes and colors. Here patients with Dampness invading the Channels joints and muscles will tend to exhibit slow (Chi) or soggy (Ru) pulses.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Dampness invading the Channels joints and muscles might experience symptoms like joint pain, joint stiff, swollen joints and numbness in the skin (full list here above).
Source date: 1587 AD
Number of ingredients: 16 herbs
Key actions: Expels Wind Damp from the Channels. Invigorates Blood. Unblocks the channels.
Shu Jing Huo Xue Tang is a 16-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Dong Quai (Dang Gui) and White Peony Roots (Bai Shao) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1587 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that invigorate Blood and dispel Blood Stagnation.