Research on scapulohumeral periarthritis treated by qigong

Author: Shi Yongqun
Affiliation: 251,3 Kaiping Road, Sifang, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China
Conference/Journal: 4th World Conf Acad Exch Med Qigong
Date published: 1998
Other: Pages: 136-137 , Word Count: 460

Scapulohumeral periarthritis, also called in TCM Dong Jie Jie (frozen shoulder), Jian Feng (omalgia) and Omalgia at 50, is a common disease of soft tissue in shoulder. Severe pain is felt in the acute stage. At the advanced stage, movement is restricted because of adhesion. The disease often attacks the middle aged or senior people, with age ranging from 45 to 60, which make up 80% of the sufferers. The disease often attacks one shoulder.

Cadres, workers, farmers and home organizers can be disturbed by the disease, with cadres ranking first among the sufferers, over 50% and workers second. There are many therapeutic methods to treat this disease, but the course of treatment is long. With Qigong, satisfactory results are achieved.

Brief Course:

Fast effect 15.2 treatments are the course, and sometimes the disease is cured in seven days.

Cause of Disease and Pathology:

The pathogenic factors are complicated and unknown. They may be related to the retrograde affection of soft tissues, invasion by wind, cold and damp pathogens and chronic strain. Fixation or immobilization of upper limbs fracture or long time confining to bed due to illness or slight trauma may also contribute to the cause.


The disease lasting several weeks, months or years is mainly marked by pain, usually dull pain, aching pain or knife cutting pain (radiating towards the scapula and forearm). Pain becomes severe at night and the time of changing weather. Sometimes pain occurs suddenly but in most cases it is built gradually.


Qigong Tuina: Relaxing muscles and tendons to promote blood circulation. The patient sits with the disordered side naturally down. The doctor stands behind, massages the shoulder for about ten minutes to relieve spasm.

Dredging Channels and Collaterals: Same posture as above. Select Jianjing (GB 21), Jianzhen (SI 9), Zhongfu (LR 4), Tianzong (SI 11), Chengshan (BL 57) and press each for about a minute. Then put four fingers in the armpit, poking back and forth along medical bicipital groove until the sensation of soreness and numbness is felt.

Digital Qigong: The patient sits and the doctor stands beside the disordered side. First press Yunmen (LU 2), Quyuan (SI 13). Poke muscles and tendons near Yunmen (LU 2) then those of shoulder and back. When restoring and treating soft tissues, set the adhered soft tissues apart or to relax spasm. Rotate the shoulder joint with large movement. Finally pluck muscles around the chest and back, and press Quchi (LI 11) and Hegu
(LI 4) to promote blood circulation.

Qi: The patient sits while the doctor stands beside the disordered side. The doctor emits Qi once a day for about five to ten minutes to the affected part, especially
Zhongfu (LR 4), Yunmen (LU 2), Tianfu (LU 3), Jianyu (LI 15), Naoshu (SI 10), Chize (LU 5) and Hegu (LI 4). Among them, Yunmen (LU 2), Jianyu (LI 15), Chize (LU 5) and Hegu (LI 4) are the emphasis.