To relieve cold, damp Osteoarthritis.
Rheumatic or osteo-arthritis is a degenerative condition, in contrast to other types of arthritis where the body attacks itself. The focus of this formula is to clear ‘damp’ in the traditional Chinese view of the body, to help to transform stasis and through that to relieve pain.
Corydalis is one of the main herbs for pain relief and is also slightly nourishing to the body to help reverse degeneration. Myrrh, Frankincense and Angelica are additional herbs in this formula that help to ease pain.
Turmeric stem and root promote the movement of Qi and disperse stasis. The formula is also ‘warming’ In Chinese medicine terms. Because dampness and pain are felt in the joints, these need to be transformed ‘as the sun dries morning mists’.
In addition, Eucommia bark and Teasel root are yang tonics that help strengthen bones.
I particularly like this formula because it incorporates Reishi and Cordyceps mushrooms, which are adaptogenic and help auto regulation and immune function. If strength and vitality are raised, the body ages less and is less susceptible to a disease like Rheumatic-Arthritis.