Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints characterized by pain, redness, swelling, stiffness and hot sensation in the joints. Chinese medicine differentiates the following four types of arthritis: cold, wind, damp and hot. Often we observe two or three types of arthritis occurring simultaneously, such as cold and damp types together. In such cases, choose foods that aid each condition and are not contraindicated for either type. Herbal therapy can be of great benefit in clearing joints, improving circulation, and reducing pain. Acupuncture is also one of the most effective treatments for arthritis, although progress is sometimes slow.
Wind Type Arthritis
This type of arthritis is characterized by pain that shifts locations, comes and goes suddenly (much like the wind does), and sometimes causes dizziness.
Avoid: meats, shellfish, sugar, alcohol, smoking, and all stimulants, as well as exposure to wind.
Liver Fire Flare-Up can manifest in the following ways: Distending pain in the head, tinnitus like the sound of waves, vertigo, dizziness, red face & eyes, swelling and pain in the eyes, bitter taste, ... See pattern »
Liver Wind Can come from LV Blood Deficiency, LV Yang Rising, or from Internal heat. Liver wind manifests in the following ways: muscle spasms, convulsions, high fever, sudden unconsciousness, convulsions, ... See pattern »
Liver Gallbladder Damp Heat can manifest in the following ways: Bitter taste, scanty dark urine, fullness/pain of the chest and hypochondrium, jaundice, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal ... See pattern »
Liver Blood Stagnation can manifest in the following ways: Fixed and stabbing abdominal pain, abdominal masses, fixed not movable, purple nails, purple lips, purple complexion, epistaxis or vomiting of blood, ... See pattern »
Heart Yin & Blood Deficiency can manifest in the following ways: Palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, dizziness, vertigo, poor memory, dull pale complexion, pale lips, anxiety, propensity to be ... See pattern »
Heart Blood Stagnation can manifest in the following ways: Pain in the heart region that is (stabbing in nature), oppression or constriction in the chest, cyanosis of the lips, and nails, cold limbs (esp. ... See pattern »
Black Bean (Black Turtle Bean) Thermal Nature = Warming Flavor = Sweet Beneficial to kidneys and reproductive function Builds yin fluids and blood Diuretic Chronic low backache, & knee pain Involuntary ... See ingredient »
Chlorphyll Thermal Nature = Neutral - Cool Flavor = Sweet, Pungent Benefits the Liver & Heart Calms yang excess Conditions Almonds can Help Relieve: Anemia High blood pressure Intestinal ... See ingredient »
Grape Thermal Nature = Neutral Flavor = Sweet & Sour Increases qi energy Builds and purifies the blood (esp. darker varieties) Improve the cleansing function of the glands Benefits the kidneys and liver Eases ... See ingredient »
Lettuce is alkaline, cool, bitter and sweet. It helps dry dampness in the body, including phlegm and yeast overgrowth. It is also anodyne (pain relieving), anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, ... See ingredient »
Mulberry Leaf Thermal Nature = Cold Flavor = Sweet, Bitter, Cold Disperses wind-heat Cools, drains & the Moisten dryness in the Lungs Calms the Liver & clears the eyes Conditions Mulberry Leaf can Help ... See ingredient »
Collard Greens Thermal Nature = Neutral Flavor = Sweet, & Pungent Regulate Qi Clears Liver heat Detoxifies the body Strengthens the Lungs Helps to build and maintain strong bones Conditions Cabbage can Help ... See ingredient »
Scallions Thermal Nature = Hot Flavor =Pungent Benefits the Heart, & Lungs Expels external pathogenic (wind cold/common cold) Dispels wind and cold Induces sweating Promotes ... See ingredient »