• Liyan Lu

Knee Pain

Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages. Knee pain may be the result of an injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage. Medical conditions — including arthritis, gout and infections — also can cause knee pain.

Many types of minor knee pain respond well to self-care measures. Physical therapy and knee braces also can help relieve knee pain. In some cases, however, your knee may require surgical repair.(source:Mayo clinic)

Healthyping's suggestions:

Apply ice to your knee; reduce at least 50% of your activities that cause pain; wear a brace, an elastic or neoprene sleeve, or a band with a hole for the kneecap that holds the kneecap in place to help ease pain during activity. Stretch the front and back of your thigh muscles when they are warm after exercise.

50% Epsom salt solution to reduce skin/joint inflammation and pain: make a paste using the same amount of Epsom salt and water, mix well, it is a 50% Epsom salt solution. Put the solution on a paper towel and place on swelled area, then cover with a food wrap for 30 minutes 2 or 3 times a day.

Herbal Alcohol to relieve the pain and swelling in joints, which is our own formula and is very effective.

Heating bag to reduce chronic local inflammation. Ice bag only is used within the first 72 hour after acute injury and inflammation.

Eat food as medicine

Ginger is a natural powerful painkiller. It contains anti-inflammatory fighting substances. The compounds giving ginger strong flavor have anti-inflammatory properties to reduce joint swelling and pain. Ginger also helps digestion illnesses.

Papaya contains several unique papaya proteinases, vitamin C and beta-carotene to lower inflammation, improve healing and alleviate knee pain.

Pineapple has a group of enzymes that break down protein to help digestion and inflammation. Those enzymes like bromelain have pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory effects comparable to NSAIDs.

Tart cherry has anthocyanins, plant pigments,which have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Anthocyanins are found in red and purple fruits, including raspberries and blueberries, but tart cherries, contain higher levels.Boston University Medical Center researchers found that eating at least 10 cherries a day protected people with existing gout from recurrent attacks. Cherry intake was associated with a 50 percent lower risk of gout flares over a 48-hour period.


Papaya and Pineapple enzymes help with digestion, reduce inflammations and stop joint pain.

Boswellia is praised by alternative medicine practitioners for its anti-inflammatory capabilities. This herb may block leukotrienes, which can attack healthy joints in autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Boswellia is available in tablet form, as well as topical creams.

Turmeric is a yellow powder used in cooking to make curry. It also works best with fighting joint pain when taken orally. Lab studies on rats have found that this herb may slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.

Glucosamine slows deterioration of cartilage, relieves osteoarthritis (OA) pain and improves joint mobility. Glucosamine produced in the body provides natural building blocks for growth, repair and maintenance of cartilage. Like chondroitin, glucosamine may lubricate joints, help cartilage retain water, prevent its breakdown and ease osteoarthritis symptoms.

Calcium Try to get as much calcium through your diet as you can ( has a guide to calcium-rich foods) and ask your doctor before taking a calcium supplement. Suggestion: Calcium citrate 250 mg with Vitamin D3 400 IU once to twice a day, if the knee pain subsided after taking calcium supplements.

Note: In 2012 researchers found that taking calcium supplements increases the risk of heart attack, because it spikes the calcium levels in blood, versus the gradual rise when calcium is obtained from food. However, millions of people depend on calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis, especially people with rheumatoid arthritis and corticosteroid users are at increased risk of developing osteoporosis. The benefit of calcium supplementation might outweigh the potential heart risk.

Vitamin C The reasons you need vitamin C supplement: 1) Vitamin C is essential for synthesis of collagen to keep healthy cartilage, tendons, joints, blood vessels, gums, teeth, and immune system. 2) Vitamin C is consumed while it is assembling collagen in the tissues. Suggestion: take vitamin C 500mg a day, 5 or 6 days a week.


Half way squats bring more blood flow into knees and help to strengthen muscles and build up cartilage in knees. Squat half way down and hold for 1 to 5 minutes, twice a day. This is the best way to prevent knee problems is to strengthen and stretch the leg muscles, especially those in the front and back of the thigh (quadriceps and hamstrings).

Yoga or Tai chi: are slow stretching movements. They help improve joint flexibility and range of motion in some people with arthritis.

Treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Ping's Meridians Massage relaxes muscles, tendons and improves the flexibility.

Acupuncture promotes energy flow, improves blood circulation, reduces inflammation and relieves the pain. Especially 8 acupoints around kneecap are very effective to treat knee pain.Most of our patients with knee issues alleviated the pain after 2-3 acupuncture treatments.

Multi-purpose herbal bag relieves knee pain effectively. For acute knee pain, at the first 72 hours use the herbal bag as ice bag to reduce inflammation, after 72 hours use it as a heating pad to speed up natural healing process. For chronic knee pain, just use it as heating bag.


Avoid bending knee too deep, squatting repeatedly, running downhill and wearing high-heeled shoes, unless you are fully conditioned.

Wear shoes with good arch supports. Replace running shoes every 300 to 500 miles.

For more information please call Dr. Lu at (661) 513-9265, Ping’s Acupuncture / Bamboo Acupuncture.

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