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Arthritis Osteo/Rheumatoid, Fibromyalgia

On this page you can find a brief discussion about arthritis osteo/rheumatoid and fibromyalgia according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes of this condition in terms of Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.


Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principles, concepts, language, and treatment methods from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic


Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. This also helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.


  • Qi - means energy. Qi is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in this realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.
  • Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
  • Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.
  • Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.
  • Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.
  • Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.
  • Meridian – another term for energy channel.

Chinese medicine diagnosis

According to Chinese medicine, osteo/rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia are caused by a combination of the following imbalances:

  • Qi and blood stagnation
  • Excess damp
  • Wind invasion of channels
  • Heat or cold
  • Qi deficiency of spleen, kidney
  • Yin and yang deficiency of spleen, kidney

Treatment Protocol

In treating osteo/rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, we use acupuncture and Chinese herbs to achieve these healing effects:

  • Open the affected energy channels.
  • Move qi and blood and disperse stagnations.
  • Clear damp.
  • Clear wind from channels.
  • Clear heat and reduce inflammation (rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Reduce pain and improve mobility.
  • Especially strengthen kidney qi, yin, and yang (for osteo/rheumatoid arthritis due to the degenerative effects on bones and joints)
  • Fortify spleen qi, yin, and yang.

This initial course of treatment constitutes six to twelve weekly sessions depending on the severity. An ongoing maintenance is necessary especially for osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. Fibromyalgia may not require extensive maintenance. Careful attention to diet is necessary to minimize flare-ups especially for rheumatoid arthritis. Chinese medicine cannot cure arthritis but can significantly reduce the symptoms and allow patients to function better and more comfortably. A well-rounded health support regimen needs to be established such as a good exercise program, regular massages, proper diet for arthritis, stress reduction - all of which contribute to the reduction of symptoms and enhancement of overall wellness.

An in-depth assessment and individually tailored treatment recommendation are conducted in person as there may be pre/existing factors of one's health that influence the condition of interest.