Acupuncture & Arthritis
the most common form of arthritis, is a degeneration of the bones
and cartilages of the body joints such as knee, hip, shoulder, wrist
and fingers. Pain and stiffness are the first warning symptoms.
This disease is one of the most frequent causes of physical disability
among people over 50 year of ages. Acupuncture therapy has been effective
to relieve pain and dysfunction caused by osteoarthritis. It works
to improve nerve impulses around the joints so the body healing process
can take place naturally.
A recent study involving
570 persons suffering from Osteoarthritis of the knee funded by National
Institute of Health and published in Annals of Internal Medicine stated
that those persons received a course of Acupuncture Therapy treatment
in a 26 week period showed a significant 40% to 45% improvement in
both pain and function over those who received no acupuncture therapy.
a chronic pain syndrome of unknown origin. Acupuncture is a valuable
method to increase pain control in these patients, and this effect
does not seem to be due to a placebo effect. The treatment frequency
is once a week for six weeks.
The acupuncture needles are left for 5-6
days; the patient removes them before the next appointment so that
the body has 24-48 hours without stimulation. This avoids over stimulation
of the points (which will render them inactive). When the patient
begins to improve, the treatment frequency is reduced to every other
Usually within 8-10 treatments the patient
is able to feel the improvement: pain is reduced; pain medication
is diminished or discontinued; and there is improvement in the sleeping
pattern and the body's energy.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is
a chronic disease, mainly characterized by inflammation of the lining,
or synovium, of the joints. It can lead to long-term joint damage,
resulting in chronic pain, loss of function and disability. There
is little doubt that acupuncture is an excellent therapy for people
suffering with this condition as it works through the nervous system
and energy channels in the body. Treatment has been shown to cause
the brain to release endorphines and encephalins (natural pain killers),
boost the immune system and calm the nervous system. In a study, 54
Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers were given acupuncture (warm needling)
with Zhuifengsu (chinese herb) The effective rate was found to be
100%. Controlled medical studies indicate that acupuncture is an appropriate
therapy to adopt in holistic treatment of Arthritis.