Arthritis - arthritis and deformed joints... 風濕
Arthritis - arthritis and deformed joints... 風濕
Arthritis - arthritis and deformed joints... 風濕
Arthritis - arthritis and deformed joints... 風濕
Rheumadamp - arthritis and deformed joints... 風濕 - Silkie

Arthritis - arthritis and deformed joints... 風濕

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An empirical herbal blend to help relieve joint pain associated with rainy weather. This formula is especially beneficial for neck, shoulder, and back of the head pain that occurs in the morning and for numbness or stiffness of the fingers.*

Non-GMO | Gluten-Free | No sugar, corn, or dairy  | No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, chemical binders, or wax 

100% Pure all natural herbs, blended, made, and packaged in the USA

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

A Proven, Researched-Backed Arthritis Formula

Studies published in journals such as the Journal of Ethnopharmacology have highlighted the anti-inflammatory properties of Incised Notopterygium Root (Qiang Huo), showing its significant effects in reducing joint inflammation and pain. Similarly, research in the International Society for Chinese Medicine has demonstrated that Angelica root (Dang Gui) has significant potent antioxidant activities. The effects of Dang Gui on cerebral infarction are through multiple pathways, including anti-atherosclerosis, improving microcirculation, anti-platelet aggregation, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative. This makes it particularly beneficial for those suffering from arthritis-related symptoms.

This proven experienced formula shown to: 
  • Expels wind and damp to stop pain.*
  • Tonifies Kidneys & Liver.*
  • Tonifies Blood & Qi.*
  • Expels wind, cold, damp to stop pain.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

For adult, as a dietary supplement, take 5 - 10 pills with warm water once or twice daily if needed. If taking other medication or supplements, allow at least 2 hours before or after using this product.

Different individuals may experience different symptoms, including:

  • Joint, muscle, or tendon pain associated with rainy weather
  • Neck, shoulder or back of the head pain
  • Stiffness or numbness of the fingers
  • Deformed fingers due to arthritis

DO NOT drink cold or iced beverages. Drink plenty of luke-warm water to encourage the excretion of toxins. It is best to avoid eating salty foods, preserved foods, sour foods like vinegar, orange, grapefruit and other citrus fruits; fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickle, miso, and yogurt; bean products, animal organs, and chocolate. No smoking, alcohol, and coffee.  

Eat early. Best meal times are 7am, 12pm and 5pm. Be in bed by 10:30 and sleep from 11 pm to 7 am.

Serving Size 10 pills
Serving Per Container 30
Amount Per Serving 3000mg
Herbal Blend:
Angelica Root
Incised Notopterygium Root
Prepared Rehmannia Root
Large Leaf Gentian Root
Twotooth Achyranthes Root
Poria
Coix
Other ingredients: Pure honey to aid digestion and absorption

Keep out of reach of children. Use only as directed. If any signs of discomfort or irritation occur, discontinue use and consult your physician. 

Please note that a TCM formula is prescribed based on a diagnosed pattern and multiple formulas are usually prescribed to treat the whole person. Please consult a professional TCM practitioner, they will be best able to guide you.

Combining herbal formulas can effectively address multiple health concerns or enhance Arthritis related conditions: 

  • For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, take Injury Support  (1-3 pills) with Arthritis (5-10 pills) to ease hand and finger pain, numbness, and tingling from median nerve compression.
  • For Rheumatoid Arthritis, take Injury Support  (1-5 pills), Gout (1-5 pills), and Arthritis (1-5 pills) to tackle joint inflammation, pain, swelling, and deformity.
  • For Osteoarthritis, take Kidney Yin (9 pills), Kidney Yang (1 pill), Knee Pain (3-5 pills), Injury Support  (1-3 pills), and Arthritis (1-3 pills) to alleviate pain, stiffness, and limited joint movement in weight-bearing joints affected by osteoarthritis.
  • For Gout, Take Gout 5 to 10 pills once or twice daily if needed to ease joint pain, swelling, and redness. 
  • For Juvenile Arthritis, take Kidney Yin 3 to 5 pills, Detox Liver 3 to 5 pills, Injury Support 1 to 2 pills with Arthritis 1 pill to alleviate pain, swelling, stiffness, and systemic symptoms.
  • For Psoriatic Arthritis, take Gout 3 to 5 pills, Itch and Rash(Dry) 3 to 5 pills, Healthy Nails 1 to 2 pills with Arthritis 1 pill to address joint inflammation, pain, swelling, and nail changes, particularly in the fingers and toes.

Learn more about Herbal Formula Combinations

Ingredients

Ingredients

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Incised Notopterygium Root

Incised notopterygium root (Qiang Huo) has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, making it effective for reducing joint inflammation and relieving pain in arthritis patients. It also helps dispel wind-cold-dampness, a common pathogenic factor in Bi Syndrome.

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Angelica Root

Angelica root (Dang Gui) is known for its ability to invigorate blood circulation, relieve pain, and nourish the blood. It helps alleviate joint pain and stiffness associated with arthritis while promoting overall joint health.

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Large Leaf Gentian Root

Large leaf gentian root (Qin Jiao) has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, making it beneficial for relieving joint pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. It also promotes circulation and helps dispel dampness from the body.

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Twotooth Achyranthes Root

Twotooth achyranthes root (Niu Xi) strengthens the tendons and bones, alleviating joint pain and promoting joint flexibility. It also invigorates blood circulation, helping to reduce swelling and improve mobility in arthritic joints.

honey is the only binding agent
no artificial fillers or ingredients
herbs harvested at the height of potency

100% Natural

Our herbal supplements are made with natural honey as the binder. Honey can support the lungs, intestine, spleen, and stomach; It works as a natural preservative with antibacterial and healing properties. Unlike other herbal supplement companies that use starch, magnesium, and other chemical substances as binders for their supplements, we only use 100% honey. We also avoid using vegetable capsules because they require chemical components to form the capsule shape.

Peak Harvest Herbs

The herbs in our herbal pill blends are harvested at the height of their potency and they are substantially more expensive than less potent herbs that were harvested in the pre-or post-season, but in our view, there is no substitute for premium quality.

5 Generations

Over five generations we have collected, tested and refined Chinese herbal formulas that themselves draw from 3000 years of experience of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Traditional Chinese Medicine is a profound pathway to create the life you were born to live. It's a timeless bridge that can initiate and support change and growth in any and every life dimension: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. 

TCM history

Message From Ann

“Good Health is crucial for our overall well-being. It encompasses physical, mental, and emotional aspects, and it's important to prioritize taking care of ourselves to lead a fulfilling life. Emphasizing prevention over cure is paramount for maintaining this balance. Without health, life can become incredibly challenging. It affects our ability to pursue our goals, enjoy our relationships, and experience daily life to the fullest. Good health forms the foundation for everything else we want to achieve and experience.” - Ann Tam

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Here's my story.

If you feel skeptical or unsure of Chinese herbal remedies, I could hardly blame you. I wasn't a believer either until my daughter grew very sick and my father (the 4th generation herbalist) helped her get better with herbs.

I was born into a family of herbalists. My father, my grandfather, my great-grandfather, great-great grandfather were all herbalists. I represent the 5th generation in this long lineage dating back to Imperial China.

When I was three or four years old, I started to learn herbal songs and how to identify herbs. As I got older, I was taught how to process the herbs while working in my dad’s clinic in Vietnam. After we immigrated to the United States, my dad asked me if I wanted to pursue a career in TCM as an herbalist or acupuncturist. I said, “No, just leave me alone, Dad. I will find something I enjoy doing for work.” So, he left me alone to find my own way.

I wanted nothing to do with herbal medicine until I gave birth to my second daughter, Catherine, who was born with severe gastric reflux. When Catherine was 10 days old, I had to take her to the ER for IV injections into her little hand because she couldn’t keep milk down. Besides vomiting, she also was having diarrhea. Catherine was losing nutrition from both ends, so her tiny body was shrinking. At that time my dad warned me, “She needs to be treated with herbal medicine, otherwise she will have seizures later on.” I didn’t fully understand what my dad was talking about, so I ignored him.

My daughter got so ill that she could only take half an ounce of milk per hour. Before feeding her, I would use a syringe and shoot Zantac into her mouth to lessen the vomiting. As time passed, she needed milk more often, and consequently more Zantac. By the time Catherine was 8 months old, she needed to be fed and medicated 11 times a day.

I could hardly sleep, eat, shower or rest. Even at night, I had to drape my daughter over my shoulder for her to sleep. If I put Catherine down, she would vomit. I barely had time to squeeze in a 5-minute shower once or twice a week for myself. I was exhausted, but what could I do? I had to care for my daughter and do my best to survive each day with the hope that she would get better or at the very least her condition would not worsen.

Catherine had to wear a turtleneck with two sweaters along with a baby cap and scarf to be outside during the heat of summer, even when temperatures were 100 plus degrees. If I didn’t cover her up, she would have a runny nose, cough, and non stop vomiting. How will she be able to go to school or anywhere with air conditioning?

One day we went to a Vietnamese pho restaurant. After I set Catherine down into the high-chair, I turned around and adjusted my chair. Then I heard a woman’s shout, “Look at her!” I looked in the direction she pointed. It was Catherine…her eyes rolled up and her entire body stiff and shaking with fluid coming out of her mouth. Someone said, “Squeeze some lemon into her mouth.” I did it without hesitating and Catherine’s body relaxed.

We rushed her to the ER. For 3 days she was in the NICU where they monitored her brain. The doctors told me I was lucky because my daughter’s seizure didn’t last for more than 3 minutes which would have damaged her brain. After that I always carried a piece of lemon because I had no idea when my baby girl might have another seizure.

The seizures started to come weekly, so the doctor prescribed anti-seizure medication. Catherine wasn’t even 1 year of age, and already she was taking Zantac 11 times plus anti-seizure medicine 3 times a day. It was nearly impossible to administer the anti-seizure medicine because whenever I took out the syringe, she would cry and start vomiting.

I took Catherine to see a specialist at CHOC. I asked, “Doctor, have you ever seen any infant with this condition get well?” The doctor replied, “It depends. Some will grow out of it, but some don’t. If they don’t, then they will have to take medication for the rest of their life.”

“What do you mean by grow out of it?” The doctor explained that Catherine might get better by herself as she got older.

My mind was racing. “All this time the prescribed medication has not been treating her stomach?” The doctor said, “No, it only helps to guide the food down, so she won’t vomit it back up. That’s why you have to give it to her before the feeding.”

“Well, what if she doesn’t grow out of it?” In that case, Catherine will be dependent upon medication for the rest of her life. The doctor further informed me that she too was born with gastro reflux and is still taking medicine for the condition.

Her statement was like lightning in my brain. If the doctor can’t even treat herself for gastro reflux, how can she help my daughter? Seeing the futility of my path, I turned to my dad for help.

My dad advised me to stop all western drugs and to give her an herbal prescription 3 times a day. Administering medicine 3 times instead of 14 times a day to Catherine was a godsend to me. Even though it sounded too good to be true, I figured that I could still give Zantac to Catherine if she didn’t get better or continued to vomit.

After one month of herbs 3 times a day, Catherine vomited less and less. To test Catherine, I let her cry to see if she would vomit. She didn’t, so I knew she was getting better. After another month of herbal medicine, Catherine was able to wear less clothing without getting a runny nose, coughing, or vomiting. After 3 months of herbal formulas, she stopped having episodes of gastro reflux and seizure. Catherine will enjoy a normal, healthy life.

Because of Catherine’s dramatic recovery, I was sold on Chinese medicine and asked my dad to treat me. I fainted very easily, especially during the winter. After a few months of herbal formulas, I have never fainted again.

I started to have time to think and tried to understand why a piece of lemon helps to relax the muscles and stop a seizure. Lemon is a common citrus, yet it has magical powers that we don’t understand and underestimate. I wanted to learn more and find answers, so I decided to go to China which has a long history of herbal medicine. I went to TCM schools in China and Hong Kong and worked in the TCM hospitals to learn from the best herbal doctors in the world.

When I was there, I knew one day I would want to become an herbalist, but how can I get a steady supply of high-quality herbs. My dad and I backpacked across China and visited many farmlands. We interviewed farmers to grow herbs for us. Our products are used with the highest quality herbs that have been harvested at the height of their potency. They are substantially more expensive than less potent herbs that were harvested in the pre- or post-season.

After I came back to the United State, I worked with my dad and learned from his experiences and studied the formulas that our ancestors passed down. What I have been through helped me to understand the importance of health. Without health, don’t even talk about career, beauty, education, freedom, etc. I now have worked with many families who have suffered as I have. Their endearing appreciation drives me to work harder.

Our namesake "Silkie" is a Chinese breed of chicken that is well known for its calm and friendly temperament. They are gentle and caring and make wonderful mothers. A Silkie loves nothing more than brooding a cluster of eggs, whether they are hers or not, even if they are "duck eggs". We share the same outlook and care for our clients the same way we care for our own family.

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Understanding Arthritis: A Comprehensive Guide


Arthritis is a group of conditions characterized by inflammation and stiffness in the joints. It affects millions of people worldwide and can cause pain, swelling, and limited movement in the affected joints. It encompasses over 100 different conditions, each with its own causes, symptoms, and treatments. The most common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but there are also other forms such as psoriatic arthritis, gout, lupus arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis, among others.

Types of Arthritis


The main types of arthritis commonly recognized in medical practice include:

  • Osteoarthritis (OA): This is the most prevalent form of arthritis, typically associated with aging and wear and tear on the joints. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of bones wears down over time, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced joint mobility. OA commonly affects weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips, and spine.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): RA is an autoimmune disorder characterized by chronic inflammation of the synovial membrane, the lining of the joints. The immune system mistakenly attacks healthy joint tissue, leading to joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and eventually joint deformity and erosion. RA can affect multiple joints symmetrically and may also involve systemic symptoms such as fatigue, fever, and weight loss.

Types of Arthritis


  • Psoriatic Arthritis: This type of arthritis occurs in some individuals with the skin condition psoriasis. It affects the joints and may cause inflammation, pain, and swelling, often in the fingers and toes. Psoriatic arthritis can also lead to changes in the nails, such as pitting or separation from the nail bed.
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis: Ankylosing spondylitis primarily affects the spine, causing inflammation of the vertebrae and the sacroiliac joints that connect the spine to the pelvis. Over time, this inflammation can lead to fusion of the spine, resulting in stiffness and reduced mobility. Ankylosing spondylitis may also affect other joints and organs, leading to symptoms such as fatigue and eye inflammation.

Types of Arthritis


  • Gout: Gout is a type of arthritis characterized by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, leading to sudden and severe episodes of joint pain, swelling, and redness. It commonly affects the big toe but can also involve other joints such as the ankles, knees, and wrists. Gout is often associated with dietary factors and metabolic conditions such as obesity and diabetes.
  • Juvenile Arthritis: This term encompasses a group of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that affect children under the age of 16. Juvenile arthritis can manifest in various forms, including juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), systemic arthritis, and juvenile lupus, among others. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and systemic symptoms such as fever and rash.

Western Medicine Perspective on Arthritis


Arthritis, a condition affecting millions worldwide, is viewed through a multifaceted lens in Western medicine. Understanding its pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment options is paramount in effectively managing this chronic condition.

Cause


In Western medicine, arthritis encompasses conditions marked by joint inflammation and damage. Causes vary by type:

  • Genetics: Some, like rheumatoid arthritis, have genetic links influencing the immune system or joint structure.
  • Autoimmune Disorders: Conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus involve immune system attacks on healthy tissues, leading to joint inflammation and damage.
  • Infections: Reactive and septic arthritis may result from bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, sparking joint inflammation and pain.
  • Joint Injury: Previous injuries, fractures, or repetitive stress can hasten arthritis development by damaging cartilage and joint structure.
  • Age: Aging increases arthritis risk, especially osteoarthritis, due to joint wear and tear over time.
  • Obesity: Excess weight strains joints, especially knees, hips, and spine, accelerating cartilage breakdown and inflammation.
  • Metabolic Disorders: Conditions like gout and pseudogout occur from crystal buildup in joints, causing intense pain and swelling.
  • Environmental Factors: Smoking, air pollution, and occupational hazards may worsen arthritis by promoting inflammation and joint damage.

Symptoms


In Western medicine, the symptoms of arthritis can vary depending on the type of arthritis and the joints affected. However, some common symptoms include:

  • Joint Pain: Persistent pain in one or more joints is a hallmark symptom of arthritis. The pain may be dull or sharp and can worsen with movement or activity. In some cases, the pain may be severe and debilitating.
  • Joint Stiffness: Stiffness in the affected joints, especially in the morning or after periods of inactivity, is another common symptom. Stiffness may improve with movement but can persist throughout the day in severe cases.
  • Swelling: Inflammation of the joints can lead to swelling, which may cause the affected joints to appear red, warm, and tender to the touch. Swelling is often accompanied by pain and stiffness.
  • Decreased Range of Motion: Arthritis can limit the range of motion in the affected joints, making it difficult to perform daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, or bending.

Symptoms


  • Joint Deformities: Over time, arthritis can cause joint deformities, particularly in the hands and feet. These deformities may include bony nodules, joint enlargement, or crooked fingers.
  • Fatigue: Chronic pain and inflammation associated with arthritis can lead to fatigue and a general feeling of tiredness. Fatigue may worsen during flare-ups or periods of increased disease activity.
  • Joint Warmth: Inflammatory forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may cause the affected joints to feel warm to the touch due to increased blood flow and inflammation in the joint.
  • Difficulty Performing Daily Activities: Arthritis symptoms can interfere with daily activities and reduce mobility and independence. Tasks such as dressing, cooking, and grooming may become challenging.
  • Systemic Symptoms: In some cases, arthritis can cause systemic symptoms such as fever, weight loss, and malaise, particularly in autoimmune forms of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Pathophysiology


In Western medicine, arthritis encompasses a spectrum of disorders characterized by joint inflammation, pain, and structural damage. Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form, is attributed to the breakdown of joint cartilage due to wear and tear over time. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disorder, involves the immune system attacking the synovial membrane, leading to joint inflammation, erosion, and deformity. Other types include gout, lupus-related arthritis, and infectious arthritis, each with unique etiologies and manifestations.

Diagnosis


Diagnostic modalities in Western medicine typically involve a combination of medical history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and imaging studies. X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and blood tests such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) aid in assessing joint damage, inflammation, and systemic involvement. Accurate diagnosis allows for tailored treatment plans and targeted interventions.

Treatment


Western medicine employs a range of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to manage arthritis symptoms and improve patient outcomes. Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), analgesics, corticosteroids, and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and slow disease progression. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and lifestyle modifications, including exercise and weight management, play integral roles in improving joint function, mobility, and overall well-being. In severe cases, surgical interventions such as joint replacement or arthroplasty may be considered to restore joint integrity and functionality.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective on Arthritis


In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), arthritis is viewed as a manifestation of imbalances in the body's Qi (vital energy), blood circulation, and organ systems. TCM practitioners classify arthritis under the broader category of "Bi Syndrome," which encompasses various conditions characterized by pain, stiffness, and obstruction in the joints and muscles. Here is an overview of how TCM conceptualizes and approaches arthritis:

Cause


In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), arthritis stems from imbalances in Qi and blood circulation, with several contributing factors:

  • External Pathogenic Factors: According to TCM principles, environmental factors such as wind, cold, dampness, and heat can infiltrate the body and disrupt the harmonious flow of Qi and blood. When these external pathogens invade the joints, they may provoke inflammatory responses, leading to symptoms characteristic of arthritis, such as pain, swelling, and stiffness.
  • Qi and Blood Stagnation: Blockages or stagnation in the meridians (energy channels) and joints can impede the smooth circulation of Qi and blood. This stagnation hinders the nourishment of tissues and the removal of metabolic waste, resulting in pain, restricted movement, and inflammation in the affected joints.
  • Kidney Deficiency: In TCM, the kidneys are regarded as essential for maintaining bone health and joint function. Weakness or deficiency in kidney Qi may compromise the nourishment of bones and joints, making them vulnerable to degeneration, injury, and the development of arthritic conditions over time.

Cause


  • Spleen and Stomach Weakness: The spleen and stomach play pivotal roles in the digestion, absorption, and distribution of nutrients throughout the body. When these organs are weakened or dysfunctional, they may fail to properly transform food and fluids, leading to the accumulation of dampness in the joints. This dampness contributes to inflammation and exacerbates arthritis symptoms.
  • Liver Qi Stagnation: Emotional stress, frustration, and unresolved emotions can disrupt the smooth flow of liver Qi, resulting in the accumulation of internal heat. This heat can manifest as joint inflammation and pain, particularly in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, where the immune system is involved.
  • Blood Deficiency or Stasis: Insufficient blood supply to the joints weakens their structural integrity and resilience, while stagnant blood impedes proper circulation and nutrient delivery. Factors such as poor diet, chronic illness, or blood-related disorders may contribute to blood deficiency or stasis, exacerbating arthritis symptoms.
  • Phlegm-Damp Accumulation: Lifestyle factors such as excessive consumption of greasy or processed foods, sedentary habits, and obesity can lead to the accumulation of phlegm and dampness in the body. This accumulation obstructs the flow of Qi and blood, exacerbating inflammation and joint discomfort associated with arthritis.

Symptoms


In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), arthritis symptoms are seen as manifestations of Qi and blood circulation imbalances. Common symptoms include:

  • Joint Pain: Pain in the joints is a hallmark symptom of arthritis in TCM. It is often described as dull, achy, or stabbing and can vary in intensity.
  • Stiffness: Arthritis can cause stiffness in the joints, particularly in the morning or after periods of inactivity. This stiffness may improve with movement but can worsen with cold or damp weather.
  • Swelling: Inflammation and swelling are common manifestations of arthritis in TCM. Swollen joints may feel warm to the touch and appear red or inflamed.
  • Limited Range of Motion: Arthritis can restrict the range of motion in affected joints, making it difficult to perform daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, or grasping objects.
  • Fatigue: Chronic pain and inflammation associated with arthritis can lead to fatigue and a feeling of overall weakness or malaise.

Symptoms


  • Cold Sensitivity: Some individuals with arthritis may experience increased pain and stiffness in the joints during cold weather, as cold is believed to constrict the flow of Qi and blood in TCM.
  • Aggravation by Dampness: Dampness is considered a pathogenic factor in TCM and can exacerbate arthritis symptoms. Damp conditions, such as rainy weather or exposure to damp environments, may worsen joint pain and inflammation.
  • Difficulty Sleeping: Pain and discomfort from arthritis can interfere with sleep, leading to insomnia or restless sleep patterns.
  • Emotional Disturbances: Chronic pain and physical limitations associated with arthritis can impact emotional well-being, leading to feelings of frustration, irritability, or depression.
  • Tender Points: In addition to joint pain, individuals with arthritis may experience tender points around affected joints, which are areas of increased sensitivity or pain upon palpation.

Symptoms


  • Pain of the joints, tendons, and muscles before or during the raining season: Arthritis pain often worsens during changes in weather conditions, causing discomfort and hindering mobility. Our formula is specifically designed to alleviate this type of pain, allowing individuals to experience relief and improved joint movement.
  • Neck, shoulder, and back headaches, morning stiffness, and numbness in the fingers: These accompanying symptoms can significantly impact daily life and contribute to reduced flexibility. Our formula addresses these issues by targeting stiffness, reducing pain, and promoting greater flexibility and comfort in affected areas.
  • Fatigue, tiredness, and changing shape of the fingers or toes: Arthritis can lead to chronic fatigue, affecting overall vitality. Additionally, changes in the appearance of fingers or toes may occur due to joint deformities. Our formula aims to address these symptoms by promoting vitality and supporting joint health, thereby combating fatigue and minimizing the impact on physical appearance.
  • Wandering pain that moves around and doesn't stay in one specific area: Arthritis pain can be unpredictable, affecting different joints at different times. Our formula targets this type of wandering pain, offering relief precisely where it's needed most. By addressing the underlying factors contributing to this pain, our formula provides targeted relief and enhances overall well-being.

Etiology and Pathogenesis


According to TCM theory, arthritis can arise from multiple factors, including external pathogens (such as wind, cold, dampness, and heat), internal imbalances (such as deficiencies or excesses of Qi, blood, or Yin and Yang), emotional disturbances, dietary habits, and lifestyle factors. These factors disrupt the flow of Qi and blood in the body, leading to stagnation, accumulation of pathogenic factors, and ultimately pain and inflammation in the joints.

Diagnosis


Pattern Differentiation (Bian Zheng): TCM practitioners classify arthritis into different patterns based on the specific symptoms and underlying imbalances observed in each individual. Common patterns associated with arthritis include:

  • Wind-Cold-Damp Bi Syndrome: Characterized by pain and stiffness that worsen in cold, damp weather. Joints may feel heavy or swollen, and the pain is typically alleviated by warmth and movement.
  • Damp-Heat Bi Syndrome: Manifests as swollen, hot, and painful joints with redness and inflammation. The pain tends to worsen in humid or hot weather and may be accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, thirst, and yellowish urine.
  • Blood Stasis Bi Syndrome: Involves chronic, fixed joint pain that worsens at night and with rest. Joints may appear dark or purplish, and there may be nodules or lumps around the affected areas.
  • Kidney Deficiency Bi Syndrome: Associated with chronic or degenerative forms of arthritis, particularly in the elderly. Symptoms include weakness and soreness in the lower back and knees, along with overall fatigue and weakness.

Examination


  • Tongue Examination: TCM practitioners examine the patient's tongue to assess its color, shape, coating, and moisture level. Changes in the tongue may indicate specific patterns of imbalance associated with arthritis, such as a pale tongue with a thin coating suggesting Qi and Blood deficiency, or a red tongue with a thick, yellow coating indicating Damp-Heat.
  • Pulse Examination: Pulse diagnosis involves assessing the quality, rhythm, and strength of the radial pulse at various positions on the wrist. Different pulse qualities may correspond to specific patterns of disharmony, helping the practitioner determine the appropriate treatment approach for arthritis.
  • Medical History and Lifestyle Factors: TCM practitioners also consider the patient's medical history, lifestyle habits, diet, emotional state, and environmental factors that may contribute to the development or exacerbation of arthritis.

Treatment Principles


TCM treatment aims to restore balance and harmony to the body's internal environment, alleviate pain and inflammation, and improve joint function and mobility. Treatment strategies may include:

  • Acupuncture: Stimulating specific acupuncture points to promote the flow of Qi and blood, reduce pain, and regulate the body's internal functions.
  • Herbal Medicine: Herbal medicines contain Chinese herbs for arthritis joints pain tailored to the individual's pattern of disharmony to address underlying imbalances and alleviate symptoms.
  • Dietary Therapy: Recommending dietary modifications to avoid foods that may exacerbate inflammation and incorporating foods with anti-inflammatory and nourishing properties.
  • Tui Na Massage: Applying therapeutic massage techniques to the affected joints and muscles to relieve pain, improve circulation, and reduce stiffness.
  • Qi Gong and Tai Chi: Practicing gentle movement exercises to promote flexibility, balance, and relaxation, which can help alleviate arthritis symptoms and improve overall well-being.

By addressing the root causes of arthritis and restoring balance to the body's Qi and blood circulation, TCM offers a holistic approach to managing arthritis that focuses on enhancing overall health and quality of life.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Formulas vs Current Herbalism


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) boasts an extensive history of herbal treatment, developed over thousands of years, offering valuable insights. In contrast to Western herbalism's reliance on single herbs at high doses, TCM utilizes combinations of 4 to 10 herbs, working synergistically to address various body imbalances. This approach enhances positive effects and minimizes negative side effects. TCM formulas not only alleviate symptoms but also target the root cause of the imbalance, allowing for reduced or discontinued herbal intake as health improves.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Formulas vs Current Herbalism


While the medical industry and research groups focus on isolating and extracting specific compounds from herbs or herbal extracts offer concentrated compounds for new treatments, this approach may limit the benefits. The process of extracting herbs often involves the use of solvents or high heat, which can degrade the quality of the active compounds and may also introduce harmful residues. TCM emphasizes the use of whole herbs, where naturally occurring compounds complement each other, maximizing therapeutic effects.

Silkie’s Herbal Formulas


Silkie is the result of five generations of experience and wisdom in Chinese Medicine. We start with the highest quality herbs that have been harvested at the height of their potency. They are substantially more expensive than less potent herbs that were harvested in the pre-or post-season, but in our view, there is no substitute for premium quality. Our supplements are made with natural honey as the binder. We don't use any fillers or artificial ingredients because this is how our great-grandfathers did it and we carry on that tradition.

Silkie’s Herbal Formulas


Herbal formulations take years and years to master and the most potent formulas are often kept as family or lineage secrets. This rich tradition is a very valuable gift from previous generations. With five generations of crafting formulas to help the local community, we have refined the herbal blends for modern life. 

Silkie utilizes herbal formulations tailored to individual patterns of imbalance. These formulas typically consist of a combination of herbs chosen for their synergistic effects in addressing both the symptoms and root causes.

Introducing the Highest Quality Herbs Inside Arthritis Formula

In TCM, Angelica Root (Dang Gui)

Nature and Flavor: Dang Gui is classified as sweet, spicy, and warm in taste and nature. Its sweet flavor nourishes and harmonizes, while its warming nature invigorates blood circulation and dispels cold.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Liver and Spleen meridians, though it also influences the Heart and Kidney meridians to some extent.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Nourishing Blood: Dang Gui is prized for its ability to tonify and nourish the blood, making it beneficial for addressing symptoms of blood deficiency such as pale complexion, dizziness, and irregular menstruation.
  2. Regulating Menstruation: It has a special affinity for women's health and is commonly used to regulate menstruation, alleviate menstrual pain, and promote blood circulation in the pelvic area.
  3. Invigorating Qi: Dang Gui also has the ability to invigorate Qi, promoting overall vitality and energy levels. This makes it useful for addressing symptoms of Qi deficiency such as fatigue, weakness, and shortness of breath.

Common Applications:

  • Blood deficiency: Dang Gui is frequently included in formulas aimed at tonifying the blood, particularly in cases of pale complexion, dizziness, and irregular menstruation.
  • Menstrual disorders: Its ability to regulate menstruation makes it beneficial for addressing symptoms such as irregular periods, painful periods, and amenorrhea.
  • Qi deficiency: Dang Gui's Qi-invigorating properties make it useful for addressing symptoms of Qi deficiency such as fatigue, weakness, and shortness of breath.

Preparation and Dosage: Dang Gui can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, powders, pills, and extracts(not recommended.) The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Incised Notopterygium Root (Qiang Huo)

Nature and Flavor: Qiang Huo is classified as acrid, bitter, and warm in taste and nature. Its acrid and bitter flavors help to dispel wind-dampness and reduce inflammation, while its warmth helps to alleviate symptoms of cold.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Bladder and Kidney meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Dispelling Wind-Dampness: Qiang Huo is prized for its ability to dispel wind-dampness from the body, making it beneficial for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain, and muscle stiffness.
  2. Alleviating Pain: It has a special affinity for alleviating pain, particularly in the muscles and joints, making it beneficial for conditions such as fibromyalgia, sciatica, and arthritis.
  3. Promoting Qi and Blood Circulation: Qiang Huo also promotes the flow of Qi and blood circulation, relieving stagnation and improving mobility, making it beneficial for conditions such as menstrual disorders, abdominal pain, and traumatic injuries.

Common Applications:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Qiang Huo is frequently used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory joint disorders, reducing pain and stiffness associated with dampness accumulation.
  • Fibromyalgia: Its ability to alleviate pain and promote circulation makes it beneficial for treating fibromyalgia, reducing symptoms such as muscle pain, fatigue, and stiffness.
  • Menstrual disorders: Qiang Huo's ability to promote blood circulation makes it useful for regulating menstruation and alleviating symptoms such as irregular periods, menstrual cramps, and abdominal pain.

Preparation and Dosage: Qiang Huo can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, powders, pills, and extracts. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Prepared Rehmannia Root (Shu Di Huang)

Nature and Flavor: Shu Di Huang is classified as sweet, slightly warm, and neutral in taste and nature. Its sweet flavor helps to tonify the Yin and Blood, while its warming and neutral properties help to nourish and strengthen the Kidneys.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Liver and Kidney meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Nourishing Yin and Blood: Shu Di Huang is prized for its ability to nourish Yin and Blood, replenishing the body's vital fluids and enhancing vitality and overall health.
  2. Tonifying the Kidneys: It has a special affinity for tonifying the Kidneys, promoting the production of Essence (Jing) and strengthening the lower back and knees.
  3. Regulating Menstruation: Shu Di Huang is also effective in regulating menstruation and alleviating symptoms of irregular periods, amenorrhea, and menopausal symptoms.

Common Applications:

  • Yin and Blood deficiency: Shu Di Huang is frequently used to treat conditions characterized by Yin and Blood deficiency, such as fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, and palpitations.
  • Kidney deficiency: Its ability to tonify the Kidneys makes it beneficial for treating symptoms of Kidney deficiency, including lower back pain, weak knees, frequent urination, and reproductive disorders.
  • Menstrual disorders: Shu Di Huang's nourishing properties make it useful for regulating menstruation and alleviating symptoms such as irregular periods, amenorrhea, and menstrual cramps.

Preparation and Dosage: Shu Di Huang is typically prepared by steaming or boiling fresh Rehmannia root. It can be used in various forms, including decoctions, powders, pills, and extracts. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Large Leaf Gentian Root (Qin Jiao)

Nature and Flavor: Qin Jiao is classified as bitter and slightly cold in taste and nature. Its bitter flavor helps to clear heat and reduce inflammation, while its cooling nature helps to alleviate symptoms of heat.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Liver, Gallbladder, and Urinary Bladder meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Dispelling Wind-Dampness: Qin Jiao is prized for its ability to dispel wind-dampness from the body, making it beneficial for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain, and muscle stiffness.
  2. Alleviating Pain: It has a special affinity for alleviating pain, particularly in the joints and muscles, making it beneficial for conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, and muscle spasms.
  3. Promoting Qi and Blood Circulation: Qin Jiao also promotes the flow of Qi and blood circulation, relieving stagnation and improving mobility, making it beneficial for conditions such as menstrual disorders, blood stasis, and traumatic injuries.

Common Applications:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Qin Jiao is frequently used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory joint disorders, reducing pain and stiffness associated with dampness accumulation.
  • Sciatica: Its ability to alleviate pain and promote circulation makes it beneficial for treating sciatica, reducing symptoms such as shooting pain, numbness, and tingling along the sciatic nerve.
  • Menstrual disorders: Qin Jiao's ability to promote blood circulation makes it useful for regulating menstruation and alleviating symptoms such as irregular periods, menstrual pain, and clotting.

Preparation and Dosage: Qin Jiao can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, powders, pills, and extracts. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Twotooth Achyranthes Root (Niu Xi)

Nature and Flavor: Niu Xi is classified as bitter, sour, and neutral in taste and slightly cold in nature. Its bitter and sour flavors help to tonify the Liver and Kidneys, while its cooling nature helps to clear heat and alleviate symptoms of inflammation.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Liver, Kidney, and Spleen meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Tonifying Liver and Kidneys: Niu Xi is prized for its ability to tonify the Liver and Kidneys, nourishing Yin and blood, and strengthening the tendons and bones.
  2. Promoting Blood Circulation: It has a special affinity for promoting blood circulation, particularly in the lower body, making it beneficial for conditions such as menstrual disorders, lower back pain, and leg cramps.
  3. Strengthening Lower Back and Knees: Niu Xi is also effective in strengthening the lower back and knees, alleviating symptoms of weakness, soreness, and stiffness in these areas.

Common Applications:

  • Menstrual disorders: Niu Xi is frequently used to regulate menstruation and alleviate symptoms such as irregular periods, dysmenorrhea, and amenorrhea, particularly when caused by blood deficiency or stagnation.
  • Lower back pain: Its ability to promote blood circulation and strengthen the lower back makes it beneficial for treating lower back pain, particularly when accompanied by weakness or soreness.
  • Leg cramps: Niu Xi's blood-invigorating properties make it useful for alleviating leg cramps and spasms, particularly in conditions such as sciatica or restless leg syndrome.

Preparation and Dosage: Niu Xi can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, powders, pills, and extracts. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Poria (Fu Ling)

Nature and Flavor: Fu Ling is classified as sweet and bland in taste and neutral in nature. This makes it gentle on the digestive system and suitable for a wide range of constitutions.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Spleen, Lung, and Heart meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Draining Dampness: Fu Ling is renowned for its ability to drain dampness from the body, helping to alleviate symptoms such as edema, diarrhea, and urinary difficulties. Dampness is considered a pathogenic factor in TCM, and excess dampness can lead to a variety of health issues.
  2. Tonifying the Spleen: It strengthens the Spleen and promotes healthy digestion, making it useful for addressing symptoms of Spleen deficiency, such as poor appetite, loose stools, and fatigue.
  3. Calming the Mind: Fu Ling has a calming effect on the mind, helping to soothe irritability, anxiety, and insomnia. It is often used in formulas aimed at promoting emotional well-being and reducing stress.

Common Applications:

  • Dampness-related conditions: Fu Ling is frequently included in formulas aimed at draining dampness from the body, such as those used to treat edema, diarrhea, and urinary tract infections.
  • Digestive disorders: Its Spleen-tonifying properties make it beneficial for addressing symptoms of poor digestion, such as poor appetite, abdominal bloating, and loose stools.
  • Emotional imbalances: Fu Ling's calming effects on the mind make it useful for promoting emotional stability and reducing symptoms of anxiety, irritability, and insomnia.

Preparation and Dosage: Fu Ling can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, powders, pills, and extracts(not recommended.) The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Coix (Yi Yi Ren)

Nature and Flavor: Yi Yi Ren is classified as sweet and bland in taste and neutral in nature. Its sweet flavor helps to tonify the Spleen and nourish Qi (vital energy), while its bland nature helps to drain dampness and promote urination.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Spleen, Stomach, and Lung meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Draining Dampness: Yi Yi Ren is prized for its ability to drain dampness from the body, making it beneficial for conditions such as edema, urinary tract infections, and damp-heat disorders.
  2. Promoting Urination: It has diuretic properties and helps to promote urination, facilitating the removal of excess fluid from the body and alleviating symptoms of edema and urinary retention.
  3. Strengthening the Spleen: Yi Yi Ren tonifies the Spleen and helps to promote digestion and absorption of nutrients. It can be beneficial for symptoms of Spleen deficiency such as poor appetite, loose stools, and fatigue.

Common Applications:

  • Edema: Yi Yi Ren is frequently used to treat edema caused by dampness accumulation in the body, promoting urination and reducing fluid retention.
  • Urinary tract infections: Its diuretic properties make it beneficial for promoting urination and addressing symptoms of urinary tract infections such as painful urination and frequent urination.
  • Digestive disorders: Yi Yi Ren's Spleen-tonifying properties make it useful for promoting digestion and alleviating symptoms of Spleen deficiency such as poor appetite, loose stools, and fatigue.

Preparation and Dosage: Yi Yi Ren can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, powders, pills, and extracts. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Pure Honey

Nature and Flavor: Pure honey is classified as sweet in taste and neutral in nature. Its sweet flavor makes it appealing for culinary use, while its neutral nature makes it suitable for a wide range of constitutions.

Meridian Affinity: Honey has a harmonizing effect on all meridians, making it a versatile substance that can be used to support overall health and balance in the body.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Moistening and Nourishing: Honey is renowned for its ability to moisten and nourish the body, particularly the lungs and stomach. It helps alleviate dryness and promotes the production of bodily fluids, making it beneficial for conditions such as dry cough, dry throat, and constipation.
  2. Tonifying the Spleen and Stomach: It has a tonifying effect on the Spleen and Stomach organs, helping to strengthen digestion and improve appetite. This makes honey useful for addressing symptoms of poor digestion, such as bloating, indigestion, and fatigue.
  3. Soothing and Calming: Honey has a soothing and calming effect on the body and mind, making it beneficial for promoting relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety. It can also help improve sleep quality and promote overall well-being.
  4. Promotes Wound Healing and Acts as Preservative: Accelerates wound healing, prevents infection, and serves as a natural preservative with antibacterial properties.

Common Applications:

  • Respiratory conditions: Honey is often used to soothe and alleviate symptoms of respiratory conditions such as coughs, sore throats, and congestion. It can be taken alone or combined with other herbs to enhance its therapeutic effects.
  • Digestive disorders: Its tonifying properties make honey beneficial for improving digestion and alleviating symptoms of poor appetite, indigestion, and bloating.
  • General health and wellness: Honey is commonly used as a natural sweetener and food supplement to support overall health and vitality.

Preparation and Dosage: Pure honey can be consumed on its own or added to herbal teas, decoctions, or other medicinal preparations. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the individual's constitution. It's essential to use high-quality, unpasteurized honey to ensure maximum therapeutic benefits.

Combining Herbal Formulas Togethers

Combining herbal formulas can effectively address multiple health concerns or enhance overall well-being.

  • Consider Patterns: Identify underlying imbalances or health concerns before combining formulas to ensure compatibility.
  • Address Multiple Symptoms: Choose formulas targeting different health aspects to address multiple symptoms simultaneously.
  • Timing Matters: Consider organ functions according to the Silkie 24 Hour Wellness Wheel. For instance, take Liver and Gallbladder formulas post-dinner or around 7 pm, while Lung and Large Intestinal formulas are best taken upon waking or at 7 am.
  • Synergistic Actions: Look for herbs with complementary actions to enhance overall effectiveness, such as pairing anti-inflammatory with immune-boosting herbs.
  • Ensure Compatibility: Check compatibility and safety of combined herbs, avoiding conflicting actions or interactions. Consult trusted herbalists for guidance.
  • Customize Dosages: Adjust individual herb dosages based on personal needs and tolerance levels for optimal therapeutic effects.
  • Monitor Effects: Pay attention to body responses and modify combinations as needed. Seek guidance from trusted herbalists for personalized consultation.

Herbal Formula Combinations for Arthritis Related Conditions:

  • Chinese Herbs for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Blood Deficiency or Stasis): Combine Injury Support 1 to 3 pills with Arthritis 5 to 10 pills to ease pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and fingers due to median nerve compression.
  • Chinese Herbs for Rheumatoid Arthritis (Kidney Deficiency): Combine Injury Support 1 to 3 pills, Kidney Yin 1 to 5 pills, Gout 1 to 5 pills with Arthritis 1 to 3 pills and to address chronic joint inflammation, pain, swelling, and deformity associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Chinese Herbs for Osteoarthritis (Spleen and Stomach Weakness): Combine Kidney Yin 9 pills, Detox Liver 1 to 3 pills, Knee Pain 3 to 5 pills, Injury Support 1 to 3 pills with Arthritis 1 to 3 pills to address chronic joint inflammation, pain, swelling, and deformity.
  • Chinese Herbs for Gout (Blood Deficiency or Stasis): Take Gout 5 to 10 pills once or twice daily if needed to ease joint pain, swelling, and redness.
  • Chinese Herbs for Juvenile Arthritis (Liver Qi Stagnation): Combine Kidney Yin 3 to 5 pills, Detox Liver 3 to 5 pills, Injury Support 1 to 2 pills with Arthritis 1 pill to alleviate pain, swelling, stiffness, and systemic symptoms.
  • Chinese Herbs for Psoriatic Arthritis (Qi and Blood Stagnation): Combine Gout 3 to 5 pills, Itch and Rash(Dry) 3 to 5 pills, Healthy Nails 1 to 2 pills with Arthritis 1 pill to address joint inflammation, pain, swelling, and nail changes, particularly in the fingers and toes.

The Highest Quality Chinese Herbs for Arthritis Joints Pain


Silkie's Arthritis Formula is made with the highest quality herbs that are carefully selected and harvested at their peak potency. While this means they are substantially more expensive, it is why our clients see substantially more noticeable results. The use of natural honey as a binder for the pills is a tradition that Silkie Herbs has proudly maintained, ensuring the safety and effectiveness of their supplements. The avoidance of fillers and artificial ingredients further reinforces our commitment to the natural and traditional methods of herbal preparation.

The Highest Quality Chinese Herbs for Arthritis Joints Pain


Five generations of Silkie Herbs' expertise have resulted in a highly effective herbal formula that you can trust for your health. By utilizing Chinese herbal plant-based remedies for arthritis, dietary adjustments, and lifestyle modifications, individuals can effectively manage allergy symptoms and improve overall well-being.