about one out of every six people, including 80 percent of persons
over the age of 70. In severe cases it
can affect one’s normal life and working capacity.
In conventional medicine,
arthritis can be divided into two important types,
Osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Wind Bi: Symptoms: Pain begins and ends rapidly, and moves among different parts of the body. Windy weather can make the symptoms worse.
Cold Bi: Symptoms: Pain is severe, and has fixed locations. Cold temperatures worsen the condition, and warmth improves it.
Damp Bi: Symptoms: Pain is characterized by soreness, is accompanied by feelings of heaviness and sometimes numbness.
Dampness worsens the condition and there may be swelling in the affected areas.
Bi: Heat predominates when a Wind-Cold-Damp syndrome results in a greatly
reduced flow of Qi and Blood through a joint, causing constraint. Constraint
Acupuncture: Bi and other pain syndromes account for more than half of all acupuncture treatments in the Britain each year. Arthritis patients frequently use acupuncture to control pain once or twice a week, which is an effective complementary treatment.
Chinese herbs: An efficient approach to individualizing herbal prescriptions is to use herbs that stop pain and expel the pathogenic factors responsible for Bi. For example, while all of the following herbs help relieve pain, each focuses on a different type of Bi:
Sang Zhi (Ramulus Mori) for Wind Bi
Wei Ling Xian (Radix Clematidis Sinensis) for Cold Bi
Mu Gua (Frucus Chaenomelis) for Damp Bi
Han Fang Ji (Radix Stephaniae Tetrandrae) for Heat Bi
Because Wind, Cold, and Damp
are intertwined in these Bi conditions, all three can be treated through
herbal combinations. The
Main herbal products for internal use are: XIN GUANG PIAN, WANG BI KE LI,
ZHANG GU GUAN JIE WAN, DU HUO JI SHEN WAN, TAO HONG SHI WU. For external use:
HUANG DAO YI WOOD