Does getting down on the ground to play with your grandchildren cause pain? Do your joints hurt in certain weather conditions? Have you always suffered from arthritis, or did it develop over time? Is there a time of day, day of the week, where your arthritis is less painful?
If you have arthritis, then you understand the need for relief. Acupuncture can provide a non-invasive, natural alternative to western medicine. There are 5 main types of arthritis with the main ones being Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Fibromyalgia, Lupus and Gout.
Of these, the most common is Osteoarthritis, which occurs when the cartilage between joints break down. This usually affects hands, knees, hips, neck, or low back. Rheumatoid arthritis is a common type of arthritis that occurs when the lining of the joint is inflamed. This leads to long term joint damage and eventually, a loss of movement.
Acupuncture is just one part of traditional Chinese medicine that is five thousand years old. Western medicine often focuses on preventing further damage to joints and relieving pain through anti-inflammatory drugs, self-care, and physical therapy. In acupuncture terms, when an organ system is functioning at less than peak performance (deficiency) or working too hard (excess) it can cause symptoms that are physical, mental or emotional or a combination. Arthritis in Chinese medicine is the result of a deficiency of the internal organ system, that rather than working at a balanced level, has been become imbalanced from physical injury, external environmental conditions such as the cold, or it may be a symptom of other underlying conditions.
Acupuncture works to restore balance back to the body and provide relief of the symptoms while also removing or limiting any further advancement of arthritis. It does this by the activation of acupuncture points on the body that promote the flow of blood, fluids, and the body’s own energy (Qi) and remove any blockages or stagnation within the body. If you suffer from arthritis there is no need to suffer with the symptoms. Acupuncture may be able to help you live a fuller and less painful life.