Tennis Elbow and Qiang Huo
Tennis elbow – medically termed lateral epicondylitis – is a widespread condition that affects far more people than just tennis players. Characterized by pain and tenderness, tennis elbow is the result of tendonitis in the extensor carpi radialis brevis – a tendon that connects the wrist and elbow.
Treatment of tennis elbow tends to be conservative, but if persistent elbow tendonitis is a problem for you, Chinese medicine may offer effective alternatives. Among them is herbal treatment with Qiang Huo, the preferred option for tennis elbow.
What Are the Causes, Symptoms and Treatments for Tennis Elbow?
Lateral epicondylitis manifests with pain, which may feel like a burning or aching sensation. This pain tends to originate in the forearm and elbow but may spread to other parts of the arm if the underlying cause isn’t addressed. Eventually, the pain may be felt at rest or when attempting to grip something.
Although tennis elbow is closely associated with tennis play, it can be caused by any repetitive activity that involves using the elbow. Painting, using hand tools, operating machinery or playing an instrument – these can all cause lateral epicondylitis
Treatment is conservative, with rest and the occasional cold pack being the frontline approach. If the pain becomes severe, medication may also be prescribed.
How Can Chinese Herbs Like Qiang Huo Help with Tennis Elbow?
If rest isn’t enough to resolve your tennis elbow, and you’d rather not risk the side effects associated with pain medication, Chinese herbs may offer an effective alternative.
Qiang Huo (notopterygium root) is a popular beneficial botanical for tennis elbow. This herb is effective at eliminating cold and dampness from the body, both considered pathologies in Chinese medicine. Excessive dampness (too much fluid in parts of the body) can drive tendon or joint pain, but Qiang Huo can clear out this dampness, restoring ideal conditions in the body for pain management. Have a conversation with your Houston practitioner today to understand the ways they can be of assistance.