Chinese Medicine in the Treatment of Shoulder Pain


Chief-complaint: Right Shoulder Pain

Western-diagnosis: inflammation of the deltoid

Medical-history: 64 year old female.
Complaining of shoulder pain x 1 month.

Symptoms: Right shoulder pain
Pain with arm abduction
Forward flexion pain

Pulse: Wiry

Tongue: tongue- Liver Stagnation/ heat
Purple engorged veins

CM-diagnosis: Blood & qi stagnation in the LI and SJ, Kid qi

Treatment-principle: Move blood and qi, tonify kid qi, smooth liver

Point-prescription: bleed LI-1, SJ-1
Ashi point opposite side of pain.

Electric stimulation.
LI-11 to LI-15
SJ 5 to SJ-14
St-38 %
SI 3
UB 62
Sp 10

Herb-prescription: Dang gui
Rou gui
chuang xiang
yan hu suo
yu jin
xiang fu
chai hu
du huo
zhi zi
du zhong

Lifestyle-prescription: No exercise,
Ice 15 min
Heat 15 min
acupuncture 3 x a week

Results: 1 month of treatment
3 treatments per week.
All inflammation cleared up and movement 100% better.
I saw patient 1 x a week for 1 month as a follow up

Synopsis: Bleeding helped o relieve the stagnation.
Movement of the affected arm while needling ashi point opposite side was very helpful for range of motion.

Blood/ Qi Liver Stagnation and Kid Qi def was treated via herbs and acupuncture

  • Gabriel Sher
  • L.Ac.
  • Sher Acupuncture Center
  • 42 east 21st #2
  • New York City
  • New York
  • 10010
  • USA
  • 212-473-3750
  • Stress and Pain Management, Gynecology, Gastroenterology, Dermatology
  • Last modified: April 22, 2010   Posted in: Musculo-Skeletal