by Stuart Ray Rosenburg, DVM, Tampa, FL USA
According to traditional Chinese medicine, osteoarthritis is analogous to Bi syndrome. Bi refers to stiffness and blockage of circulation of Qi and Blood in the meridians. Bi syndrome involves pain in muscles, tendons, bones and joints as well as difficult movement or deformation of these structures.1 Bi syndrome involving the musculoskeletal system is a result of invasion from Wind, Cold, Damp and Heat. In the authors opinion arthritis pain from Bony Bi syndrome is one of the most common reasons for cases to seek treatment with acupuncture and herbs with or without the use of Western therapeutics.