arthritis/Joint pain

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What is Arthritis

Arthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis, is a degenerative joint disease involving articular cartilage and subchondral bone.  It commonly affects the hip, knee, and spine. When bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, the bone may be damaged, leading to stiffness, pain, and decreased range of motion. Arthritis is more common among females than males, especially after the age of 50 years. However, it can also be caused by trauma or underlying conditions in young adults.
 

Often, arthritis in the elderly is only mildly symptomatic and not progressive.  Surgery is generally unnecessary.  Treatment should focus on pain relief and functional rehabilitation.  

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Significant improvement may be achieved in merely a month with Acupuncture, and Acupressure treatments.

Chinese Method for Treating Arthritis

Acupuncture is gaining popularity for the treatment of arthritis. More and more people have found significant relief without the negative side effects of pharmaceuticals.

 

Acupressure achieves similar results but is a non-invasive technique that relies on the skilled application of force through a practitioner’s fingers. Acupressure reduces muscle stiffness and increases the range of motion.  For example, it normalizes knee joint weight-bearing, reduces grinding, which can lead to instantaneous symptomatic relief.  It is even beneficial in moderate to severe cases.

Acupuncture and acupressure serve as compliments to Chinese herbal techniques. In the case of acupuncture, needles are placed at key points along your meridians, thereby opening up their channels, allowing blood and qi to flow.

 

Chinese herbal techniques Many patients use supplements such as glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin, and Omega 3 fatty acids for joint pain, although the result is limited.  TCM suggests combining herbs, such as eucommia bark, common achyranthes, Boswellia, myrrh, turmeric, winter cherry, and dried ginger, to improve circulation and relax muscles. In Care Cure, each formula is personalized to your needs and may differ from other patients.

 

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What does the Western expert say?

Stephen E. Straus, M.D., NCCAM Director of National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health, notes that:

“For the first time, a clinical trial with sufficient rigor, 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 the quality of life for knee osteoarthritis sufferers.

 

NCCAM has been building a portfolio of basic and clinical research that is now revealing the power and promise of applying stringent research methods to ancient practices like acupuncture.”