Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It affects more than 54 million adults each year in this country who have been diagnosed with some form of arthritic condition such as osteoarthritis, gout, or rheumatoid arthritis. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. It’s a good time to explore how acupuncture can benefit those experiencing joint pain and inflammation from arthritis. The pain and inflammation caused by arthritis can be managed with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
ACUPUNCTURE TRIGGERS THE BODY TO HEAL ITSELF
Acupuncture, a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), triggers the body to heal itself by producing hormones that reduce pain and inflammation. TCM does not view arthritis as one particular syndrome. Rather, TCM addresses the specific symptoms of each individual. Therefore, TCM uses a variety of techniques. These include acupuncture, herbs, bodywork, lifestyle and dietary recommendations and energy exercises that are customized to restore balance within the body.
According to TCM, arthritis occurs when the flow of qi (pronounced chee) becomes blocked. Qi is the vital life force flowing along energy pathways throughout the body. This blockage is called “bi” (pronounced bee) type pain. Bi has been widely studied and successfully treated using a combination of acupuncture and selected herbs.
Bi syndrome is manifested as pain and soreness, or numbness, in muscles, tendons and joints. This is due to factors such as wind, cold or heat, and dampness. Consequently, these pathogenic elements can lodge in the body’s energy pathways, or meridians, and block the free flow of qi and blood along those pathways. As a result, this can lead them to stagnate, causing the symptoms of arthritis such as pain and heat. Hence, acupuncture and herbal therapy helps open those blockages, restoring balance and harmony to the qi and blood, and eliminating pain and inflammation.
ACUPUNCTURE IS AN EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT OPTION FOR ARTHRITIS
In conclusion, if you’ve tried other treatments for arthritis and have found little to no relief, or if you’re looking for alternative treatment options, consider acupuncture and TCM as an option to explore.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Palatine and Des Plaines. Our Arlington Heights acupuncturist is rated one of the best in the Chicagoland area. First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers: Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.
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