Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
My daughter, not yet 30, often complains of sore knees. She has been complaining about her knees since she was very young; at that time, the doctor believed it was merely growing pains. Is there anything that traditional Chinese medicine can do?
A: First, get tested by your primary physician to rule out any serious medical conditions. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the knees and the lower back are in the realm of the kidney and liver energies. This is not to suggest that there are problems with your daughter’s kidneys or liver, but a licensed practitioner may be able to determine a proper course of treatment for her that could strengthen the tendons and bones.