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.
Damp Type Arthritis
This type is characterized by heavy feeling extremities, stiffness, swelling, dull aching pain that lingers and sluggishness. Most obese people tend to be damp.
Avoid: cold foods, raw foods, and dairy products
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 »
Barley Thermal Nature = Warming Flavor = Sweet, & Bitter Increases energies Nourishes the blood Strengthens the Spleen Reduces dampness Calms Spirit Conditions Barley can Help ... See ingredient »
Rice White (Basmati) Thermal Nature = Slightly Cool Flavor = Sweet Moistens and lubricates (body overall) Clears heat Diuretic Reduces swelling Conditions White Rice can Help Relieve: Chronic ... See ingredient »
Cornsilk Tea Thermal Nature = Cool Flavor = Sweet Promotes urination Reduces internal heat Calms the Liver Benefits the Gall Bladder, & Kidney Conditions Cornsilk Tea can Help Relieve: Nephritis ... See ingredient »
Millet Thermal Nature = Cooling Flavor = Sweet & Salty stops vomiting relieves diarrhea soothes morning sickness diuretic/promotes urination strengthens the kidneys beneficial to stomach and ... See ingredient »
Mung Bean Thermal Nature = Very Cooling Flavor = Sweet Detoxifies the body (helps remove, lead and pesticide poisoning) Beneficial to the liver and gallbladder Produces yin fluids esp. liver yin Alleviates ... 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 »