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November 26, 2015
Acupuncture for Arthritis
According to the Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment Manual (2013) Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic systemic inflmammatory disease whose major manifestation is inflammation of multiple joints. The cause is often unknown and if can often cause destruction of the synovial joints.
Patients usually wake up complaining of stiffness in affected joints (usually hands and feet.) Deformities are common as the disease progresses. MRI and imaging usually find narrowing or joint spaces and osteoporosis along with joint erosion. Patients may also complain about dry eye and nodules forming over bony prominences.
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) provide some symptomatic relief in rheumatoid arthritis but do not prevent erosions or alter disease progression. Long dosages of these drugs over time can cause gastro-intestinal ulcers and bleeding. Steroids such as Prednisone may also be used but over time this too can lead to osteoporosis.
In the east, Chinese medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat many ailments such as these. Although there is currently no cure for arthritis, there are several things you can try to control the symptoms and stop it from getting worse. In this article we will discuss 3 different ways Chinese medicine can help naturally:
Chinese Medicine classifies arthritis under cold dampness. Therefore, it is important to avoid cold uncooked food as well as cold drinks. Avoid foods such as sugar,caffeine, salt, dairy, saturated fats and hydrogenated fats. This type of food increases cold and dampness, which may end up increasing the inflammation in the body.
According to Chinese Medicine, Rheumatoid arthritis is classified as wind dampness pathogen. Contributing factors such as long living in a damp environment and contraction of wind, cold, for long periods of time affect the joints. Because blood flow is unable flow properly to that area for long periods of time, energy gets “stuck.” The goal of treatment of RA would be to expel wind and dispel dampness pathogens and warm the channels of the body.
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Herbal therapy essential when treating arthritic pain. Herbal remedies in chronic cases expel the cold and dampness in the body when patients are not receiving treatment and give the body that extra boost it needs to keep the inflammation away.
There is a very effective patent formula called Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan for arthritis. You can pick it up at your local Chinese medicine practitioner and ask for more details. Its main ingredients include Angelica pubescens root and Loranthus stem which are used to treat arthritic and rheumatic disorders. These both have anti- inflammatory and analgesic properties.
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Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.
Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area and lectures at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. He is also on the board of advisors for the Acupuncture Now Foundation. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule an appointment.
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