According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), arthritic pain (painful obstruction syndrome or Bi Zheng) can be caused and/or aggravated by Wind, Cold, Damp or Heat. Pain of any sort may also be caused or aggravated by Blood stagnation. Feng Shi Xiao Tong Pian is a warming formula best used in cases of Wind-Cold-Damp type painful obstruction syndrome (Bi Syndrome) which is further complicated by Blood stagnation. This herbal formula disperses Wind, Cold and Damp, moves the Blood, relieves pain and strengthens the sinews and bones. Possible applications include join pain or stiffness, sciatica, lower back pain or stiffness, sensation of cold in the joints, difficulty walking, weakness of the legs, swelling of the joints or even pain resulting from blood stasis due to trauma such as a fall.
Feng Shi Xiao Tong Pian is composed of a number of herbs which work together to dispel Wind, Cold and Damp, relieve pain, and strengthen the tendons and bones.
Hai Feng Teng (Kadsura stem) dispels Wind-Damp for painful obstruction syndrome (Bi Zheng) and also alleviates pain associated with traumatic injuries. Mo Yao (Myrrh) and Ru Xiang (Boswellia) are used together to activate Blood, relieve pain and relax the tendons. Both have demonstrated analgesic effects.1 This pair of herbs is combined here with Niu Xi (Achyranthes) and Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica root) to strengthen the pain relieving effect. Niu Xi tonifies the Kidneys and Liver, strengthens tendons and bones and is especially good for lower back pain and knee pain. Niu Xi also has a powerful anti-inflammatory action.2 Dang Gui has the ability to both invigorate and tonify the Blood. Dang Gui also has strong analgesic and anti-inflammatory actions.3 Dang Gui is often paired with Gui Zhi (Cinnamon twigs) and Bai Shao (White Peony root) for sensation of cold in the extremities. Bai Shao nourishes the Blood, softens the Liver and relieves pain, numbness and spasms. Gui Zhi is an important guiding herb here used to warm and open the channels as well as disperse Wind-Cold. Mu Gua (Papaya) relaxes the sinews, opens the channels, and relieves spasms and stiffness especially when used in combination with Ru Xiang, Mo Yao, Dang Gui and Bai Shao as it is here.
Gui Zhi, Mo Yao and Ru Xiang are best for arthritis when combined with Qiang Huo (Notopterygium root) and Du Huo (Pubescent Angelica root). Qiang Huo and Du Huo both release the exterior, dispel Cold, eliminate Dampness and alleviate pain. Fang Feng (Siler) is also added to further dispel Wind, Cold and Damp and release the exterior. Qian Nian Jian (Homalomena) dispels Wind and Damp too, but also strengthens the tendons and bones and is good at relieving joint pain particularly when used in combination with Du Huo and Niu Xi as it is here.
Du Zhong (Eucommia bark) is a Yang tonic used to tonify both the Liver and Kidneys, strengthen tendons and bones and relieve low back pain, cold legs and joints.
Yan Hu Suo (Corydalis) activates Qi and Blood circulation to relieve pain. Jiang Huang (Turmeric) also activates Blood circulation, opens the channels, relieves pain and swelling and has anti-inflammatory action.
Chi Shao (Red Peony root) modestly clears heat, dispels Blood stasis and relieves pain. A slight degree of heat clearing is useful to balance the effects of the other herbs which are mostly warm in nature. Gan Cao (Licorice root) relieves pain and harmonizes the formula.
| Caulis Piperis Kadsurae |
Resina Commiphorae Myrrhae
Radix Saposhnikoviae Divaricatae
Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae
Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis
Rhizoma et Radix Notopterygii
Resina Boswelliae Carterii
Radix Achyranthis Bidentatae
Cortex Eucommiae Ulmoidis
Radix Angelicae Pubescentis
Rhizoma Curcumae Longae
Radix Angelicae Sinensis
Radix Paeoniae Rubra
Radix Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Rhizoma Homalomenae Occultae
| (Hai Feng Teng) |
(Yan Hu Sho)
(Qian Nian Jian)
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