- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
There are a few rheumatic diseases caused by autoimmunity disorders including systemic lupus
erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, scleroderma, polymyositis, psoriatic arthritis,
Rheumatoid arthritis involves small joints like palm, finger, wrist, and feet joints and is symmetrical. In acute
rheumatoid arthritis there are redness, pain, soreness, numbness, heaviness, burning sensation, incapability
of flexion and extension in muscles on affected bones and joints. With chronic rheumatoid arthritis, the
patient’s joints are usually immobilized and deformed.
On this page, rheumatoid arthritis is mainly discussed as a example how we treat autoimmunity disorder.
Rheumatoid arthritis and illnesses with autoimmunity disorders respond very well to TCM including
acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary therapy and Qigong exercise.
In traditional Chinese medicine theory, the rheumatoid arthritis is under the patterns of category of “painful
obstruction syndrome.”(Bi syndrome), which is due to the invasion of exogenous pathogenic Wind toxin, Cold
toxin, Dampness toxin, and/or Heat toxin, or/and a combination of Wind, Dampness, and Cold toxin. These
types of exogenous toxins cause meridian blockage and sluggish Qi ( vital energy ) & blood flow in affected
In acute rheumatoid arthritis, there is an acute attack of Wind, Cold, and Dampness toxins that cause
symptoms including joint pain that gets worse with cold and is relieved with warmth; a feeling of heaviness or
numbness in the limbs; limited mobility of the affected area; and, possibly, a slow pulse. A chronic arthritis
condition generally associated with an underlying deficiency of the liver and kidneys since these two organs
nourish and support tendons, sinew and bones development.
Generally speaking, our treatment strategy is to reduce pain and inflammation and focus on eliminating the
cause of the rheumatoid arthritis and, thus, the disease itself. But the treatment plan varies, depending on
whether the condition is due to Heat or Cold, or if there is a deficiency of any vital substances, like in chronic
cases of Cold and Dampness needing to correct the underlying deficiency, activate blood circulation as well
as dispel the Cold and Dampness.
Together, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, dietary therapy and Qigong exercise provide a
powerful treatment option for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmunity disorders. Treatment must
first and foremost be based upon your individual diagnostic pattern. Thus a comprehensive consultation is a
must in order to find what your individual underlying condition is and then create a effective individualized
Beside specific acupuncture techniques we use for the treatments, based on our rich clinical experience
over 30 years, we have also created many unique herbal formulas to treat autoimmunity disorder patients
with different underlying conditions.