April Bui Acupuncture 

Clinic Houston 

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Memorial / Spring Branch

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Arthritis Osteo/Rheumatoid, Fibromyalgia

On this page is a brief discussion about arthritis osteo/rheumatoid and fibromyalgia according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes of this condition by Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.


Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principle, concept, language, and treatment method from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. 


The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.

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.

  • Qi - means energy and is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in our physical realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.

  • Blood - the food sustenance for life force and nourishment for all functions in our body. 

  • Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
  • Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.

  • Jing Essence - the vital substance which governs and originates the primal foundation for the soul aspect and physical aspect at the moment of conception as well as throughout life. Essence is intrinsically connected to and stored in the kidneys. Essence also helps to create bone marrow and reproductive vital substances such as semen, sperms, eggs, menstrual blood.

  • Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.

  • Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.

  • Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.

  • Meridian - another term for energy channel.
  • Deficiency, excess - the condition of imbalance in the body relative to a normal balance.

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

Treatment Protocol:

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.

Individualized Assessment:

An in-person consultation is necessary in order for us to give you an in-depth assessment and to recommend an individualized treatment plan. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation appointment.

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