April Bui Acupuncture
Memorial / Spring Branch
Chinese Medicine Terminology
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. Although Chinese medicine concept can be abstract, this helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
Chinese Medicine Diagnosis:
According to Chinese medicine, osteo/rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia are caused by a combination of the following imbalances:
• Qi and blood stagnation
• Excess damp
• Wind invasion of channels
• Heat or cold
• Qi deficiency of spleen, kidney
• Blood deficiency
• Yin, yang, and essence deficiency of spleen, kidney
In treating osteo/rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, we use acupuncture and Chinese herbs to achieve these healing effects:
• Open the affected energy channels.
• Move qi and blood and disperse stagnations.
• Clear damp.
• Clear wind from channels.
• Clear heat and reduce inflammation (rheumatoid arthritis)
• Eliminate pain and improve mobility.
• Eliminate edema.
• Nourish blood.
• Fortify kidney qi, yin, yang, and essence to strengthen bone and joints.
• Fortify spleen qi, yin, and yang.
This initial course of treatment constitutes six to twelve weekly sessions depending on the severity. An ongoing maintenance is necessary especially for osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. Fibromyalgia may not require extensive maintenance.
Careful attention to diet is necessary to minimize flare-ups especially for rheumatoid arthritis. A well-rounded health support regimen needs to be established such as a good exercise program, regular massages, proper diet for arthritis, stress reduction - all of which contribute to the reduction of symptoms and enhance of overall wellness.