Author: Li Shuhe
Health Rehabilitative Department, Tianjin Zhong-Lian Hospital
Conference/Journal: 3rd World Conf Acad Exch Med Qigong
Date published: 1996
Other: Pages: 136 , Special Notes: Some tables are only in Chinese abstracts. , Word Count: 237

I. Clinical data
1. Subjects
The patients in this group all suffered for a long time from rheumatoid arthritis, and all of them were not effectively cured by both Chinese and Western medicine. Among the patients, 32 were male, 88 female, between 12 and 74 by age. The course of disease was from 1 to 25 years.
2. Diagnostic criteria
The patients manifested symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid agents were positive, accelerated blood sedimentation.
II. Treating methods
On hospitalization, all patients were treated by qigong, massage, patting. acupuncture and moxibustion.
According to traditional Chinese medical analysis rheumatoid arthritis is due to deficiency of qi, invasion of wind, cold and dampness, impeded function of meridians.
1. Reinforcing qi
Emitted qi is applied to Baihui (Du 20) Shengque (Ren8), Mingmeng (Du4)and Guang Yuan (Ren4)
2. Strengthening the spleen and stomach
Qi is applied to Tianshu (St25), Piyu (UB20), Weiyu (UB21). If the patient was not sensitive, acupuncture is applied to him.
3. Removing cold by warming
(1) Emitted qi is applied to Guanyuan (Ren4) and Shengque (Ren8).
(2) Emitted qi is applied to the Du Meridian. Digital acupoint pressure or massage and acupuncture were applied to Dazhui (Du14) Shengzhu (Du12) Mingmeng (Du4) and Yangguan
(3) Emitted qi was applied to the three Yang meridians combined by patting and massage.
4. Invigorating blood circulation
(1) Emitted qi is applied to meridians connecting the diseased joints.
(2) Patting the diseased joints
III. Criteria of effects
IV. Results:

effectiveness cure marked effective- failure total
effectiveness ness
case 28 76 12 4 120
effective 23 63 10 4 100
rate %