Chinese Medicine for the treatment of Pain and Inflammation for Arthritis
From a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) perspective arthritis arises when the cyclical flow of energy (Qi) in the body becomes blocked. Instead of viewing arthritis as one particular syndrome TCM aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual. TCM uses a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, acupressure, Chinese herbs and exercise to restore imbalances found in the body. Each person will receive a unique and customized treatment. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for pain relief and for helping to reduce inflammation in specific affected areas of the body.
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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 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.”
Acupuncture is gaining popularity for the treatment of arthritis because more and more people have found significant relief without the negative side effects of pharmaceuticals. For more information on how acupuncture and TCM can help with arthritis click here