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Arthritis

arthritisArthritis is the name given to a group disorders that affect the joints and muscles. The most common symptoms involve pain, stiffness and swelling around the joints or soft tissues or limits to the movements of the joints. The most common types of Arthritis are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteo-Arthritis and Gouty Arthritis. The one common characteristic of any form of arthritic condition is inflammation. The inflammation is the immune system’s response to a foreign invasion, injury or dysfunction (the auto-immune response).

Conventional treatments include anti-inflammatory agents, steroids and other immuno-suppressant drugs complimented by physiotherapy. The side effects of conventional treatments can be immense and often trouble arthritic patients for the rest of their lives.

Chinese medicine has another way to obtain relief from arthritis without the side effects associated with taking drugs. This alternative to western medicine is several thousands of years old with a strong track record of good results.

In Chinese medicine, both external and internal factors can cause Arthritis. External causes include invasion by pathogenic factors such as wind, cold or dampness that obstruct the normal flow of Qi (energy) and blood, thereby resulting in swelling, stiffness, numbness and pain of the joints and soft tissues. Internal causes include emotional stress weakening the defensive ability of the immune system and the depletion of the vitality system resulting in degeneration of the bones, tendons and cartilage.

Effective treatments in Chinese medicine include acupuncture (stimulating the Qi), moxibustion, herbal medicines, vacuum cupping (drawing through the circulation) and massage (relaxing and relieving the soft tissues). All treatments are useful in reducing inflammation, ridding the body of the invading pathogens, restoring normal circulation and the resulting flow of blood (containing the oxygen and nutrients for cell growth) and Qi(energy), promoting emotional harmony (as stress is relieved) and fortifying the vitality system.

Herbal King products have therefore been specially formulated by Prof. Duo Gao to follow these principles in stopping inflammation and encouraging the body healing processes, which allow joint repair and pain release. They are the result of over 20 years clinical research and development. The result is the 4# capsule for Arthritis, priced at £50.00 for a jar of 200 capsules and recommended to be taken as five capsules three times a day.