Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder is characterised by shoulder pain and range of motion loss in the rotator cuff region. Arm movements become difficult, and the pain often interferes with a peaceful night’s sleep and daily activities. In TICM, frozen shoulder manifests from the following patterns: Kidney deficiency: the Kidney system governs the bones and is considered the battery of our body, holding our energy reserves. As we age, we naturally deplete this energy, but our lifestyle can cause it to drain more quickly. Our Liver regulates Qi (energy) circulation, stores and regulates Blood. As we age, Qi declines in the Kidney/Liver systems and our precious Yang Qi (warm energy) is unable to nourish the collaterals of the body as it once did.

Stagnation of Qi and Blood: long term exposure to pathogens like excessive cold, dampness and wind stagnate the Qi and Blood in the meridians of the shoulders. This gradually happens over time because of air conditioning exposure on the bare shoulders or body, windy climate, and daily consumption of iced beverages. These factors lead to Qi and Blood stagnation which create shoulder pain and eventually if left unaddressed, lead to frozen shoulder. Acupressure: Put your hands into fists and place both outer sides together, so that the Small Intestine meridians on either hands are touching. Tap the fists together 100-500 times whenever you can throughout the day to activate the channel and boost Qi and Blood flow. The Small Intestine channel runs through the shoulder down to the baby finger.

Ginger: rub Ginger extract or oil on the area to release stagnation and increase Yang energy to the surface.

Herbs: Joint formula’s opens up circulation and boost vital Qi to internally release stagnation and expel pathogens.

Cover-up: Make sure to protect your neck and shoulder blades from cold and wind using scarfs and layers.

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