Treating arthritis with Chinese medicine

A number of recent scientific studies have found evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the treatment of arthritis. These natural therapies may provide pain relief and improve function for people with arthritis.

In Western medicine arthritis is defined as an inflammatory condition of the joints that is characterised by pain, swelling, heat, redness, and limitation of movement. However, in Chinese medicine, arthritis is not just inflammation and heat. For example, it can be caused by a prior invasion of coldness that damaged the body, causing obstruction in the natural flow of both chi and blood which then manifests as heat. So treatment includes both the cause and manifestation of the disease.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offer various diagnoses for arthritis, with treatment protocols applying to suit each person. So your treatment is not going to be the same as another person with arthritis. We are all different after all.

The use of acupuncture in combination with Chinese herbal medicine plus gentle exercise programmes such as tai chi and chi kung represent the major health care modalities to treat joint and musculoskeletal disorders including arthritis. These ancient therapies with their thousands of years old history are still used because they are empirically effective. They have stood the test of time.

If you would like to start a course of treatment for your arthritis or joint pain, visit Care & Cure Clinics for a free consultation or phone 086 215-9282 for more details.


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