Chinese Herbal Medicine
As one part of the diagnosis before prescribing herbs, an Oriental medicine practitioner will feel your pulse.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Some people with painful arthritis look to Eastern medicine for added relief. Chinese herbs, for example, offer the promise of a natural remedy for symptoms. They are natural and can be effective. They are also serious medicine and should be treated as such. Even though you can go online or to a store to buy Chinese herbs, including formulas touted for helping arthritis, you shouldn’t.

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