Difficulty in moving according to Chinese Medicine

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Difficulty in moving 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 difficulty in moving 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 difficulty in moving is often associated with general sensation of heaviness, numbness in the extremities and stiffness in the neck shoulder and upper back in the pattern “Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of difficulty in moving we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Juan Bi Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause difficulty in moving

In Chinese Medicine difficulty in moving is a symptom for the pattern "Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Slowed-down (Huan)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

In addition to difficulty in moving, other symptoms associated with Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency include general sensation of heaviness, numbness in the extremities and stiffness in the neck shoulder and upper back.

Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency is often treated with Juan Bi Tang, a herbal formula made of 9 herbs (including Notopterygium Roots - Qiang Huo - as a key herb). Juan Bi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that dispel wind-damp", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Tonifies and harmonizes the Protective and Nutritive Qi".

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A herbal formula that might help with difficulty in moving

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 difficulty in moving?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency' of which difficulty in moving is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Painful Obstruction With Qi And Blood Deficiency include general sensation of heaviness, numbness in the extremities and stiffness in the neck shoulder and upper back.

Read more about Juan Bi Tang here

The two Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat difficulty in moving

Why might Saposhnikovia Root (Fang Feng) help with difficulty in moving?

Because it is a key herb in Juan Bi Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency' (a pattern with difficulty in moving as a symptom)

Saposhnikovia Roots is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Bladder, the Spleen and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Relieves the Exterior and disperses Cold. Relieves Wind-Damp-Cold painful obstruction. Disperses Wind.

Read more about Saposhnikovia Roots here

Why might Notopterygium Root (Qiang Huo) help with difficulty in moving?

Because it is a key herb in Juan Bi Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency' (a pattern with difficulty in moving as a symptom)

Notopterygium Roots is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Bladder and the Kidney.

Its main actions are: Relieves the Exterior and disperses Cold and Dampness. Relieves Wind-Damp-Cold painful obstruction. Directs Qi to the Greater Yang (Tai Yang) channel and the Governing Vessel.

Read more about Notopterygium Roots here