Easing Tendonitis

In Chinese Medicine there can only be pain in a particular area of the body if there is a blockage.



If everything is flowing freely there will be no pain.

Musicians, athletes, and computer users are often plagued with “tendonitis” as a result of repetitive strain. When we repeatedly use the same movement, the tendons and muscles fatigue and local inflammation and pain results.

For those suffering from “repetitive stain injury” it is common to feel there is no relief in sight.  Often people lose hope they will ever be pain free again.

By selecting tight points in the muscle area and releasing local constrictions inflammation is reduced. Using acupoints surrounding the area of pain will help move the stagnant blood and result in new fresh blood circulating to the injured area so it can heal faster and so you can get back to doing the activities you enjoy.

In addition to using modalities like acupuncture and massage there are specific QiGong exercises that help tendonitis and food choices that will further strengthen the area and increase circulation.


For example, a QiGong exercise that provides fast relief is a hand loosening exercise.  Fold your thumb into the center of your hand then close each finger to cover your thumb.  Slowly open each finger to an outstretch palm, you will immediately feel a rush of warmth to your hand. Repeat as needed.

Food Choices

Food recommendation that benefits inflammation vary greatly.  Some practitioners instruct patients to avoid foods that trigger inflammation such as: stimulates, alcohol, night shades, shellfish, and spices.

To see if these suggestions are affect you specifically, try a week of abstinence from the food/drink, and then reintroduce the item and notice if you feel a difference.  I have one patient who felt markedly better after she stopped drinking her daily chai latte.  The warming spices in the latte plus the sugar before breakfast were aggravating her tendonitis (and her skin).  She still enjoys her favorite drink, just not as frequently!

What I have found to work effectively for most people suffering with tendonitis is to increase the foods that lubricate and nourish the tendons, muscles and blood.

For a vegetarian diet these include: dark beans like black and aduki, sea vegetables rich in nutrients like kombu and hijiki, and plenty of blood tonics like warm broths and root vegetable purees.

If you consume animal protein nothing works faster than beef as it fills up the depleted blood and lubricates the tendons according to the dietary recommendations of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The idea of eating beef not working for ya?  Then try a beef broth with plenty of sweet potato or parsnips to sweeten it up.