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The following Chinese herbal formula(s) can treat or relief Painful shoulders:

Chinese Formula Actions Indications Symptoms related to painful shoulders
Bao Zhen Gao
Plaster for Rheumatic Pains
Reduces swelling; Disperses Wind-Damp; Moves Qi and Blood; Warms the channels; Calms pain.   Painful obstruction due to Wind-Cold-Damp.  Acute arthritis; Back pain; Chronic arthritis; Injury to the muscles; Injury to the sinews; Joint pain; Neuralgia; Pain in the lower back; Painful muscles; Painful shoulders; Rheumatism.  
Shen Tong Zhu Yu Tang
Drive Out Blood Stasis from a Painful Body Decoction; Cnidium and Notopterygium Decoction
Moves Qi and Blood; Disperses Blood stasis; Calms pain; Unblocks the Channels.   Painful obstruction due to stagnation of Qi and Blood in the channels and collaterals.  Generalized pain in the muscles; Pain in the lower back; Painful arms; Painful legs; Painful shoulders.  
Ren Shen Dang Shao San
Ginseng, Tangkuei and Peony Powder
Tonifies Qi and Blood; Warms Qi and Blood.   Qi and Blood Deficiency with a predisposition to Cold and Dampness.  Anemia; Chilblain; Cold feet; Dizziness; Hemorrhoid; Hot flashes; Nephritis; Oedema; Painful shoulders; Rheumatic pain; Sensation of cold (waist level); Sensation of cold in the lower abdomen; Sensation of heaviness of the head; Sterility; Stiffness of the shoulders; Urethritis; Cold intolerance; Frequent urination; Hearing difficulties; Irregular menstruation; Ocular disease.  

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