Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

, Volume 17, Issue 10, pp 735–737

The potential role of Chinese medicine in ameliorating extra-articular manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis

Feature Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11655-011-0872-2

Cite this article as:
Liu, J. & Liu, R. Chin. J. Integr. Med. (2011) 17: 735. doi:10.1007/s11655-011-0872-2


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease chiefly affecting synovial membranes of multiple joints. The clinical manifestations are highly variable. Besides joint affection, extra-articular manifestations always occur in RA patients, such as lung, blood vessel, heart, endocrine glands, hematological system, and nervous system affections. In addition to Western medicine therapy, Chinese medicine also plays a significant role in the treatment of RA with good efficacy and less adverse reactions. This paper summarizes the effects of Xinfeng Capsule (新风胶囊), a Chinese medicine, and the mechanisms of its action in ameliorating the extra-articular manifestations based on a series of clinical and experimental researches.


rheumatoid arthritisextra-articular manifestationsChinese medicineXinfeng Capsulemechanism of actioninvigorating Pi

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© Chinese Association of the Integration of Traditional and Western Medicine and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RheumatologyThe First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui College of Traditional Chinese MedicineHefeiChina