Can Acupuncture help Arthritis?
The simple answer is YES!
In my London Acupuncture Clinic I have successfully treated many people with this painful condition.
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What Is Arthritis?
There are many forms of arthritis but the most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, commonly referred to as “wear and tear”.
Arthritis means “Inflammation of a joint or joints” (inflammation causes swelling). Swelling of course causing pressure and pain.
The inflammatory process is a vital part of the healing process but it often needs helping along because if it lingers for too long it can have the negative effect of stagnation. For healing to take place we need a fresh flow of blood so anything we can do to encourage the blood flow through the surrounding capillaries will help remedy the situation. In the clinic Acupuncture plus Moxibustion is particularly beneficial.
What Does Treatment Involve?
Gentle soft tissue massage is followed by the insertion of very fine needles in the area affected which are then heated using a moxa stick- (Moxa which is Mugwort-Artemesia Vulgaris) is rolled up like a cigar and when it is alight the hot end is used to heat the needle and thus the painful joints.
Why does this help?
Needling acupuncture points sends signals to the brain to release the bodies own pain killing substances( endorphins) and the bodies own anti-inflammatory substances ( cortico-steroids.)
The burning Moxa has a remarkable anti-inflammatory and healing effect.
While we cannot return the joints back to there pre“wear and tear” state we can reduce the discomfort and slow down the degeneration.
Results of Research as published On The British Acupuncture Council Website.
A SCREEN SHOT
Randomised Controlled Trials
There have been many randomised controlled trials of acupuncture and/or moxibustion for osteoarthritis. All seven studies (six for knee and one for hip) reported significantly better changes in the acupuncture than the control groups (Lev-Ari 2011, Sheng 2010, Zhu 2010, Wu 2010, Lu 2010, Ding 2009, Ahsin 2009 )
Treating The Whole Person
Apologies if some of the above is a bit dry but it is important to know that there has been research into how effective this treatment can be.
It is important to bear in mind that we are treating the person who has arthritis and not just the arthritis. We are coming into contact with a system of healing which has thousands of years of history and as well as obtaining pain relief we often experience a heightened sense of well being as well.
Lao Tzu an ancient philosopher expresses the deep principles behind Acupuncture and Chinese medicine and the ancient Taoist approach to life. Which we in our hectic modern could do well to bear in mind and which we in our humble way try to bring to our treatments.
“Men are born soft and supple; dead they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail.”
― Lao Tzu
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