Arthritis (Bi Syndromes)

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Arthritis (Bi Syndromes)" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for arthritis (bi syndromes).

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "arthritis (bi syndromes)" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "arthritis (bi syndromes)" - i.e. the "cause(s)".

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

Within TCM, "arthritis (bi syndromes)" is potentially related to one or more of the following diagnostic patterns: .

The above patterns are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of patterns in an interwoven blend with their symptoms - some being the cause of an issue and the result of another issue. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

Related Acupuncture Protocols

When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. To illustrate and guide developing an acupuncture treatment for someone experiencing arthritis (bi syndromes), this issue is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol section:

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View EX Huatuojiaji at C7 (Sides of Spine at C7)

        .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes of C7

        C7 innervates the parathyroid gland and as it has a role in calcium utilization, this point is use dfor a range of bone problems, arthritis, bone spurs, osteoporosis, etc.  Also used locally for problems down in the arm and hands, shoulder…
  • View EX Huatuojiaji at L2 (Sides of Spine at L2)

        .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes of L2

        L2 innervates and influences the kidneys and kidney system in Chinese Medicine terms, the seminal vesicles in men and the uterine tube in women.  The kidney system involves the thyroid, the sex hormones, the bone and bone marrow, according…
  • View ST 31 (Thigh Joint)

        On 2 lines connecting the ASIS and the superiolateral corner of the patella and level with the lower border of symphysi…

        ST 31, ST 32 & ST 33 are all useful for Bi-Syndromes a/or Wei Syndromes (flaccidity or weakness) of the lower legs. Pain in the thigh, muscular atrophy/weakness, knee pain, low back pain.
  • View ST 32 (Crouching Rabbit)

        6 cun above the superior lateral border of the patella on the line connecting with the ASIS.

        ST 31, ST 32 & ST 33 are all useful for Bi-Syndromes a/or Wei Syndromes (flaccidity or weakness) of the lower legs. Muscular atrophy of the lower leg, thigh, knee pain, low back pain. Beriberi (thiamine, B1 deficiency).
  • View ST 33 (Yin Market)

        With knee flexed, 3 cun above the superior lateral border of the patella on line connecting with the ASIS.

        ST 31, ST 32 & ST 33 are all useful for Bi-Syndromes a/or Wei Syndromes (flaccidity or weakness) of the lower legs. Weakness, numbness, motor control issues of the leg and/or knee.

The Tom Tam/Tong Ren Therapy system can be applied via energy healing/medical qi gong methods as well as an acupuncture component. The acupuncture aspect is generally utilized in combination with more standard TCM diagnostic approaches.

For the specific points/areas that would generally be utilized in someone experiencing "arthritis (bi syndromes)", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Arthritis ".

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