Muscular-skeleton pain (arthritis, joint or muscle pain…)

Chinese Medicine categorises the muscular-skeleton pain as ‘Bi Syndrome’. ‘Bi’ means obstruction and in Traditional Chinese Medicine it’s normally said ‘no blockage, no pain’. The obstruction takes place in the channels or meridians where the energy flow through.

Causes of the mentioned obstruction can be from external wind-damp-cold (heat), which corresponds to Rheumatism Arthritis, and some acute muscle and joint pain. In the case of Osteoarthritis, it is due to the obstruction in bones therefore we call it ‘bone Bi’.


The treatment principle for ‘Bi syndrome’ is to remove the blockage from the channels/meridians. In Chinese, we say ‘if open up, then no pain’. Methods such as acupuncture, cupping and moxibustion all apply for this purpose. Acupuncture has traditionally succeed in helping to relieve neck pain and back pain in China.

Sometimes we also use herbs if there is insufficient vital energy which is essential to allow the movement happen.