Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Frozen Shoulder


Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a shoulder condition that limits your range of motion. With frozen shoulder, the tissues in your shoulder joint become thicker and tighter, scar tissue develops over time. Also, there is less synovial fluid to keep the joint lubricated. It can cause pain, stiffness, and loss of normal range of motion in the shoulder.

In Chinese medicine, frozen shoulder is also known as fifties shoulder because the main reason behind this shoulder condition is old age, when energy in the body is declining through a weakening of yang qi. Acupuncture treatment is very effective for treating a frozen shoulder. Researchers suggest that acupuncture can reduce pain and restores range of motion to the shoulder for patients with frozen shoulder. Massage and heat therapy are also very helpful in treating the frozen shoulder. It assists in the relaxation of the affected muscles, relieving the tension and pain.

For patients who have frozen shoulder, self-massage can be difficult. Shoulder massager and acupressure pillow for neck and shoulder are both effective ways to relieve shoulder pain.

Where to buy: Shoulder Massager

Where to buy: Acupressure Pillow

Chinese Herbs for Frozen Shoulder

1) Jiang Huang (Turmeric) has been traditionally used to reduce joint pain in Chinese medicine. Its anti-inflammatory properties help relieve arthritic pain, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, and joint or tendon problems.

Where to buy: Turmeric

How to use: Turmeric can be used in the forms of powder and capsules.

2) 701 Dieda Zhengtong Yaogao Medicated Plaster provides pain relief from muscle pain, minor aches, and pains in joints.

Where to buy: 701 Dieda Zhengtong Yaogao Medicated Plaster

3) There is a liquid formula has been used by martial artists in China. It is still widely used today to treat all kind of injuries. Zheng Gu Shui is a famous Chinese herbal liniment for the temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints.

Where to buy: Zheng Gu Shui for Pain Relief

How to use: You can soak cotton balls with the solution and apply to the affected area. You should keep the affected area moist with the Zheng Gu Shui, and wrap the soaked cotton balls around the affected area with gauze or plastic wrap. If there is a wound on the affected area, you can apply the Zheng Gu Shui to surrounding area to help speed up the healing process.

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