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Weakness and stiffness 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 weakness and stiffness 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 weakness and stiffness is often associated with aversion to cold, attraction to warmth and palpitations in the pattern “Painful Obstruction with Liver and Kidney Deficiency”.
Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of weakness and stiffness we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.
In Chinese Medicine weakness and stiffness is a symptom for the pattern "Painful Obstruction with Liver and Kidney Deficiency". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.
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Pulse type(s): Slow (Chi), Weak (Ruo), Fine (Xi)
Tongue coating: Thin white coating
Tongue color: Pale
In addition to weakness and stiffness, other symptoms associated with Painful Obstruction with Liver and Kidney Deficiency include aversion to cold, attraction to warmth and palpitations.
Painful Obstruction with Liver and Kidney Deficiency is often treated with Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang, a herbal formula made of 15 herbs (including Pubescent Angelica Roots - Du Huo - as a key herb). Du Huo Ji Sheng 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: "Anti-rheumatic, clears Wind, Cold and Damp Stagnation".
Source date: 650 AD
Number of ingredients: 15 herbs
Key actions: Anti-rheumatic, clears Wind, Cold and Damp Stagnation. Strengthens the function of the Liver and Kidney. Tonifies Qi and Blood.
Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Painful Obstruction with Liver and Kidney Deficiency' of which weakness and stiffness is a symptom.
Because it is a key herb in Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Painful Obstruction with Liver and Kidney Deficiency' (a pattern with weakness and stiffness as a symptom)
Its main actions are: Disperses Wind, Cold, Dampness. Relieves pain. Relieves Lesser Yang (Shao Yang) headache.