Should Arthritis be Treated by Acupuncture?

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. One out of every three Americans (approximately 70 million people) is affected. Arthritis pain and inflammation are challenging to avoid as the body ages. The majority of people over 50 years, show some signs of arthritis. Our joints naturally degenerate over time. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is proven to assist and manage arthritis.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have been found to be extremely effective at treating the pain and inflammation associated with all types of arthritis. The acupuncture points and herbs that are used depend on what is causing the blockage of energy (arthritis).

Traditional Chinese Medicine will treat the specific symptoms that are unique to YOU, using a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs, microcurrent, light therapy, and lifestyle/dietary/exercise recommendations to restore imbalances found in the body. For example, if 12 patients are treated with Chinese medicine for joint pain, each of these 12 patients will receive a unique, customized treatment with different acupuncture points, different herbs and different lifestyle and diet recommendations.

Treatment of Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

I will examine you, inquire about the onset of your condition and learn your signs and symptoms to determine your Chinese diagnosis and choose the appropriate acupuncture prescription and treatment plan.

The acupuncture points I will use to treat your Arthritis are located all over the body, not just directly over the affected area. During the acupuncture treatment, hair-thin needles could be placed on your legs, arms, hands, and perhaps feet!

The majority have little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles. They are so thin that several acupuncture needles can go into the middle of a hypodermic needle. Occasionally, there is a brief moment of discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin, but once the needles are in place, most people relax and even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment.

The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary. Typical treatments last from five to 30 minutes, with the patient being treated one or two times a week. Some symptoms disappear after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments.

There are many Chinese Herbal formulas that are prescribed for arthritis. Your acupuncturist will examine you, take a look at the onset of your condition and learn your signs and symptoms to determine which herbs are best for you.

Scientific Studies on Acupuncture and Arthritis

Several studies have shown that acupuncture can help people with arthritis and related auto-immune diseases.

New York Times Article  – Acupuncture Proven for Arthritis

A University of Maryland study showed that elderly arthritis patients with knee pain due to arthritis improved significantly when acupuncture was added to their treatment. The randomized clinical trial, performed at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, determined whether acupuncture was a clinically safe and effective adjunctive therapy for older patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.

Seventy-three patients were randomly divided into 2 groups. One group received twice-weekly acupuncture treatments and conventional therapy for 8 weeks, and the other group received conventional therapy only. Patients who received acupuncture had significant pain relief and showed improvement in function. Those who did not receive acupuncture showed no significant change. No patients reported side effects from any acupuncture therapy session.

In one Scandinavian study 25 percent of arthritis patients who had been scheduled for knee surgery cancelled their operations after acupuncture treatment. In the study, researchers compared acupuncture with advice and exercise for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip. Thirty-two patients awaiting a total hip replacement were separated into 2 groups. One group received one 10-minute and five 25-minute sessions of acupuncture, and the other group received advice and hip exercises over a 6-week period.

Patients were assessed for pain and functional ability: Patients in the acupuncture group showed significant improvements, while no significant changes were reported in the group that received advice and exercise therapy. The results of this study indicate that acupuncture is more effective than advice and exercise for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip.

The popularity of acupuncture for arthritis continues to grow because more and more people have found significant relief from Chinese Medicine without the negative side effects from Western pharmaceuticals.

Call Patricia Pilot L.Ac for relief from Arthritis Pain (805) 636-6522

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