Arthritic symptoms according to Chinese Medicine

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Arthritic symptoms can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like arthritic symptoms here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here arthritic symptoms is often associated with irritability, fever and flushed face in the pattern “Excess-Heat”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of arthritic symptoms we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Excess-Heat, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause arthritic symptoms

In Chinese Medicine arthritic symptoms is a symptom for the pattern "Excess-Heat". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Water Buffalo Horns (Shui Niu Jiao) is the king ingredient for Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang, a formula used for Excess-Heat


Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Tight (Jin), Full (Shi)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Reddish-Purple

In addition to arthritic symptoms, other symptoms associated with Excess-Heat include irritability, fever and flushed face.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Excess-Heat is associated with health issues such as Lupus.

Excess-Heat is often treated with Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang, a herbal formula made of 4 herbs (including Water Buffalo Horns - Shui Niu Jiao - as a key herb). Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear nutritive-level heat", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Treats severe fevers and Heat in the Blood system".

Read more about Excess-Heat here

A herbal formula that might help with arthritic symptoms

Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang

Source date: 650 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Treats severe fevers and Heat in the Blood system. Removes Blood Stagnation.

Why might Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang help with arthritic symptoms?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Excess-Heat' of which arthritic symptoms is a symptom.

According to Chinese Medicine, Excess-Heat can contribute to many health issues, including Lupus.

Read more about Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang here

Water buffalo horn might help with arthritic symptoms

Why might Water Buffalo Horn (Shui Niu Jiao) help with arthritic symptoms?

Because it is a key herb in Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern '' (a pattern with arthritic symptoms as a symptom)

Water Buffalo Horns is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter and Salty. It targets the Stomach, the Heart and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Cools the Blood, drains Fire and stops reckless movement of Blood. Clears Heat and Fire and stops tremors and convulsions. Cools Fire and expels toxins.

Read more about Water Buffalo Horns here

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