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can be a
crippling health problem. Acupuncture for arthritis offers those
suffering from it the potential to find relief from chronic pain.
is sometimes possible to get a bit of insight
into the attitude of Western vs. Traditional Chinese Medicine by
examining the meaning of the words used to describe a condition. The
suffix "itis" means inflammation, and the word artho is Greek for
joint. So, arthritis simply means "inflammation of a joint." The point
here is that this is a condition or a symptom that is being discussed.
The use of a special word gives it the status of a disease in Western
is one of the most common of all
physical ailments. It is the most common complaint of people over 65
years of age. It causes much pain and loss of function, and most
treatments for it consist of treating the pain and hoping for the best.
Acupuncture for arthritis is a type of treatment that has been used for
centuries to treat the pain and restore function. Traditional Chinese
Medicine recognizes arthritis as the symptom that it really is and
looks deeper to discover the cause.
Western practitioners do not understand
this search for causation and would not agree with the conclusions of
the acupuncturist as to how relief would be achieved, they do agree
that acupuncture produces results in the treatment of arthritis. Many
Doctors are suggesting acupuncture treatments for patients with long
term chronic arthritis. Of course, they mostly suggest it as part of a
comprehensive treatment that combines the different disciplines.
recent study done by the National Institute of
Health found that acupuncture could result in as much as a 44%
reduction in pain and a 40% improvement in joint mobility in patients
suffering from osteoarthritis. The study involved 570 patients over the
age of 50 that were in an advanced stage of the affliction. The
patients were divided into three groups. One received the suggested
acupuncture treatments designed to treat the specific patient. The
second group received a sham acupuncture treatment. The final group
contained on the self help and medication program that they had been
surprising results of this study led the
National Institute of Health to issue a cautious endorsement of
acupuncture for arthritis. This endorsement did have some important
results in the acceptance of acupuncture as an alternative treatment
for osteoarthritis by Insurance companies. It is not possible to
describe the exact course of acupuncture treatment for arthritis as it
will vary from patient to patient. A complete examination is done to
determine the underlying disharmonies that are causing the condition
and the treatment will be tailored to the individual patient.
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