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Managing Arthritis With Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Arthritis and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Arthritis conditions can often be managed with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Arthritis conditions and symptoms come in several varieties  – there are actually more than 100 different types of arthritis. The term arthritis is a sort of an ‘umbrella term’ that covers a lot of varying ailments that may affect the body with joint aches and pain, inflammation, fatigue, swelling, redness, and for some patients, fever or misshapen joints.

As the body naturally ages, many people, both men and women, can be affected with arthritis problems.  The reality is that most people over the age of 50 show some signs of arthritis, as joints naturally degenerate over time.

Some of the most common forms of arthritis include:

Psoriatic arthritis
This condition is an inflammatory arthritis associated with the skin condition psoriasis. It is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the skin. The most common symptoms include joint swelling, redness, fatigue and pain. Severe cases may result in misshapen joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
This condition is a chronic, autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks joint tissue. The synovial fluid that encases the joints thickens due to inflammation. This condition can cause pain and structural deformities. Other symptoms often include fatigue and fever.

Osteoarthritis (OA)
This condition is also called degenerative joint disease. When the cartilage, which is the protective cushioning found between the bones, starts eroding away, symptoms of OA may result. This condition can cause pain, visible swelling and difficulty moving the afflicted joint.

Each type of arthritis has very different causes, risk factors and effects on the body, but they often share a common symptom –  persistent joint pain. Symptoms can appear or ‘flare-up’, and then diminish for awhile, but then flare up again. Some things that can cause a flare-up include; dampness pervading the air before a rainstorm, overusing arthritic joints or stress. All of these issues, and more, may trigger symptoms. Other times, the exact cause of a flare-up remains a mystery.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Arthritis with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Whatever the cause of a person’s flare-up of symptoms, no matter the origin, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help. According to Oriental medical theory, arthritis arises when the cyclical flow of Qi (energy) in the meridians becomes blocked resulting in pain, soreness, numbness and stiffness. This blockage is called Bi-syndrome and is successfully treated using a combination of treatment modalities. The Acupuncture points and herbs that are used depend on whether the underlying cause of the blockage of Qi (arthritis) is caused by wind, cold, dampness or damp-heat.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques such as Acupuncture, bodywork, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises to restore imbalances found in the body. There is not just one (1) treatment, but several, depending on each patient’s symptoms and condition.

If you, a family member or friend finds that one (1) of the arthritis conditions is occurring, give Traditional Chinese Medicine a chance to help you feel better and for your condition to improve.