TCM vs West - Knee Pain

Knee Pain

TCM sees Knee pain directly related to blockages, obstructing the flow of body fluids.

There are fundamental differences how Western and Eastern medicine approaches Knee Pain.

In Western Medicine

Knee pain can result from rheumatic fever, rheumatic arthritis, rheumatoid gout, hyperosteogeny of the knee joint, fibrositis, chondromalacia of patella, or injury to the medial and lateral collateral ligaments of the knee joint.

In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

According to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) theory, it can be caused by an invasion of External Wind, Cold, Damp and Heat. Stagnation of flow of Qi (chi) and blood can cause a deficiency of the spleen, liver and kidney.

One of the basic functions of the Liver is maintaining the free flow of Qi, which nourishes the tendons, joints and muscles of the knee. If the flow of Qi is interrupted, circulation issues can occur that can lead to pain and swelling. If the tendons fail to be nourished, weakness, soreness, or even pain can manifest itself.

One of the basic functions of the kidney is to control the metabolism of water, which serves to provide nourishment to the bones. If water metabolism is obstructed, water retention, such as edema, may occur. If the bone lacks nourishment, it can cause weakness of the joint and achy pain.

If pain due to injury or then that is related to bruises and fracture.


Different individuals may experience different symptoms. The symptoms that may manifest listed below:

- Knee pain may occur in one or both knees

- Pain in the knee or the muscles and tendons around the joints

- Swelling of the knee

- Difficulty standing or walking

Diet & Prevention

Drink plenty of water to encourage the excretion of toxins. It is best to avoid eating preserved food, animal organs, bean products, sardines, chocolate, fermented food and food that is high in salt . No smoking or drinking alcohol and coffee.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the following herbs are recommended for individuals with Knee Pain 

  • Pilose Asiabell Root
  • Poria, Coix, Plantago Seed
  • Bupleurum
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Tsaoko, Polyporus

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