In Chinese medicine theory, if any combination of wind, heat, dampness and cold invades the body, and a blockage of qi flows occurs, the joints become swollen and start to ache. Typically, exterior pathogens overcome a person’s body when their constitution and qi are insufficient to protect it. Depending on the combination of environmental factors, a different symptom emerges.
- Wind: Pain is brief but limits range of motion, affecting various joints
- Cold: Pain is severe, limits range of motion but is limited to a fixed location
- Damp: Characterised by soreness, heaviness and numbness
- Heat: Inflamed, red and swollen joints, caused by a large reduction in the flow of Qi
Chinese Medicine for Joint Pain
TCM examines external symptoms displayed at surface level to diagnose the health condition of internal organs. The human body is an integrated whole, with all parts linked and interdependent. Illness, pain and other health issues arise when the balance in the body is disrupted. Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to restore harmony and comprehensively supplement your health.