Acupuncture for arthritis
The two most common types of arthritis are osteo-arthritis, a wearing away of the cushioning cartilage in the joints; and rheumatoid arthritis, an auto-immune disease that causes painful and often disabling joint inflammation.
Arthritis also includes a range of diseases that affect the muscles, connective tissues, and organs, such as fibromyalgia, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoporosis, scleroderma, gout, and Lyme disease. Symptoms can range from pain and stiffness in a few joints to serious and severe damage to many joints and internal organs.
The symptoms and seriousness of arthritic diseases vary widely. It can be a mild condition that can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers — or it can cause severe pain and inflammation that can drastically change your life.
Left untreated, some forms of arthritis can be life-threatening.
You may have heard arthritis referred to as rheumatism: the terms are used interchangeably by some people today, and arthritis specialists are still called rheumatologists.
Arthritis strikes almost twice as many women as men, but rheumatic diseases can attack people of any age or race, and of either gender.
Many children have arthritis, and almost everyone over the age of 60 eventually gets some kind of wear-and-tear osteoarthritis.
Modern medicine does not have much to offer for these chronic conditions, only symptomatic, temporary relief. Painkillers and the so-called NSAIDs, non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are effective in reducing symptoms quickly but often cause serious side effects such as ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding, and they do not stop the progression of the disease. In the long run they have actually proven to worsen the condition by accelerating joint destruction.
Even "stronger" drugs such as corticosteroids, gold salts, and methotrexate are often prescribed for RA in an aggressive attempt to stop the development of the disease. These drugs are all aimed at alleviating pain and reducing inflammation. They can sometimes be effective, but more often, however, they prove unsatisfactory even intolerable due to toxicity. Aspirin, for example, which is the most commonly used, is quite effective, but it often causes gastric irritation and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) with the high dosages needed. Other NSAIDs may be somewhat better tolerated but have an even greater risk for serious side effects. These treatments are only symptomatic, because they do not act on the causes of arthritis and do not stop the progression of the disease. In fact, the opposite has proven to be true. It has been demonstrated in many studies that NSAIDs actually have an inhibitory effect on cartilage repair and accelerate cartilage destruction
Treating Arthritis with Alternative Medicine
Regular exercise is the best way to keep mobile.
Lose weight to help weight bearing joints such as hips, knees, and the lower part of the spine.
A good diet is very important: avoid red meat, alcohol, acid forming foods, eat a lot of oily fish ( such as Mackerel, herring, salmon) increase food that are rich in minerals (green beans for example) foods that promote detoxification (dandelion, artichoke, radishes) and foods that are diuretic (onions, leeks cucumber). Try also a daily glass of fresh pineapple juice with a tablespoon of freshly grated ginger.
New research indicate that wheat and dairy product are best avoided.
Glucosamine sulphate: it helps people with osteoarthritis by encouraging the formation and repair of cartilage, the body tissue which cushions the ends of bones within joints.
Green Lipped Mussel : Mucopolysaccharides are the active component of mussel extract which help combat rheumatoid arthritis, and oseo-arthritis.
Herbal remedies: Devil claws, Feverfew and Nettle extract are well known for their good anti-inflammatory action
Alternative medicine: is excellent for long term management of arthritis, the most effective treatment are:
Acupuncture: immediate effect on pain and inflammation, reduces stiffness, increase mobilityHerbal medicine: good for the long term, no side effect, treat both stiffness and inflammation
Homeopathy: gentle effect, combines well with acupuncture
A major study of the effect of acupuncture on osteoarthritis of the knee has found it can both relieve pain and improve movement.
The US National Institutes of Health study concludes acupuncture is an effective complement to standard care. Acupuncture patients showed a 40% decrease in pain, and a nearly 40% improvement in knee function. Details of the study, which involved 570 patients, are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
Researcher Dr Stephen Strauss, director of the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, said: "For the first time, a clinical trial with sufficient rigour, size, and duration has shown that acupuncture reduces the pain and functional impairment of osteoarthritis of the knee.
"These results also indicate that acupuncture can serve as an effective addition to a standard regimen of care and improve quality of life for knee osteoarthritis sufferers."
I treat eczema and other skin problems in adults and children using Chinese herbs, acupuncture and Homeopathy, often in combination; this allow me to get good results with mild treatment.
I prefer to use homeopathy for babies and young children, and often combine Chinese herbs and acupuncture for adults.
Not all skin conditions can be cured, but it is often possible to minimise the condition or force it into remission; many types of eczema, skin rashes and inflammations respond quickly to treatment.
Pj Cousin is a full member of the British Acupuncture Council and of the Unified Register of herbal Practitioners
is one of the oldest and most mysterious form of health care, the first book on this subject is about 2500 years old, and there are indications that the Chinese were already using a crude form of TCM 4000 years ago.
Today, this medical system is widely used in China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and all around Asia; in China alone there are 2500 hospitals specialising in TCM. This complex medical system is taught in 30 Chinese universities, to thousands of students from 120 different countries.
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