Bone deformities according to Chinese Medicine

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Bone deformities 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 bone deformities 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 bone deformities is often associated with numbness in the limbs and numbness of the muscles in the pattern “Phlegm in the Joints”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of bone deformities we’ve identified two herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

We’ve also selected below the five medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat bone deformities.

Phlegm in the Joints, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause bone deformities

In Chinese Medicine bone deformities is a symptom for the pattern "Phlegm in the Joints". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Prepared Aconite (Zhi Fu Zi) is the king ingredient for Zhen Wu Tang, a formula used for Phlegm in the Joints

Phlegm in the Joints

The bone deformities that occur in chronic rheumatoid arthritis are seen as a form of Phlegm.

In addition to bone deformities, other symptoms associated with Phlegm in the Joints include numbness in the limbs and numbness of the muscles.

Phlegm in the Joints is often treated with Zhen Wu Tang, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Prepared Aconite - Zhi Fu Zi - as a key herb). Zhen Wu Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that warm and transform water and dampness", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Warms and tonifies the Yang and Qi of the Spleen and Kidneys".

Read more about Phlegm in the Joints here

Two herbal formulas that might help with bone deformities

Zhen Wu Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Warms and tonifies the Yang and Qi of the Spleen and Kidneys. Eliminates Dampness.

Why might Zhen Wu Tang help with bone deformities?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Phlegm in the Joints' of which bone deformities is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Phlegm In The Joints include numbness in the limbs and numbness of the muscles.

Read more about Zhen Wu Tang here

Juan Bi Tang

Source date: 1178 AD

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies and harmonizes the Protective and Nutritive Qi. Dispels Wind. Eliminates Dampness.

Why might Juan Bi Tang help with bone deformities?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Phlegm in the Joints' of which bone deformities is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Phlegm In The Joints include numbness in the limbs and numbness of the muscles.

Read more about Juan Bi Tang here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat bone deformities

Why might White Peony Root (Bai Shao) help with bone deformities?

Because White Peony Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat bone deformities as a symptom, like Zhen Wu Tang or Juan Bi Tang for instance.

White Peony Roots is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter and Sour. It targets the Spleen and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood and preserves the Yin. Nourishes the Liver and assists in the smooth flow of Qi. Regulates the meridians and eases the pain.

Read more about White Peony Roots here

Why might Prepared Aconite (Zhi Fu Zi) help with bone deformities?

Because Prepared Aconite is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat bone deformities as a symptom, like Zhen Wu Tang or Fu Zi Tang for instance.

Prepared Aconite is a Hot herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Kidney.

Its main actions are: Raises the collapse of Yang. Warms the meridians and relieves pain caused by Cold. Reduces Damp caused by Deficiency in Yang.

Read more about Prepared Aconite here

Why might Poria-Cocos Mushroom (Fu Ling) help with bone deformities?

Because Poria-Cocos Mushroom is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat bone deformities as a symptom, like Zhen Wu Tang or Fu Zi Tang for instance.

Poria-Cocos Mushrooms is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart, the Kidney and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination and drains Dampness. Tonic to the Spleen/Stomach. Assists the Heart and calms the Spirit.

Read more about Poria-Cocos Mushrooms here

Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with bone deformities?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat bone deformities as a symptom, like Juan Bi Tang or Gui Zhi Shao Yao Zhi Mu Tang for instance.

Liquorice is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Basal Qi and nourishes the Spleen Qi. Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Moistens the Lungsexpel phlegm and stop coughing. Relieves spasms and alleviates pain. Harmonizes and moderates the effects of other herbs.

Read more about Liquorice here

Why might Fresh Ginger (Sheng Jiang) help with bone deformities?

Because Fresh Ginger is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat bone deformities as a symptom, like Zhen Wu Tang or Gui Zhi Shao Yao Zhi Mu Tang for instance.

Fresh Ginger is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Relieves the Exterior and disperses Cold. Warms and circulates Qi in the Middle Burner. Calms a restless fetus and treats morning sickness. Treats seafood poisoning.

Read more about Fresh Ginger here

Other symptoms often associated with bone deformities

Numbness in the limbs Numbness of the muscles