Help Sheet: Arthritis
Acupuncturists use small needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points in an attempt to correct the flow of Qi and alleviate bodily imbalances to relieve pain and illness. Arthritis pain is oftentimes debilitating condition that’s characterized by inflammation within one or more joints. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 1 in 4, or more than 54 million, adults in the U.S. have arthritis. It’s important to note, however, that there are several different types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis being just one. Other common types include rheumatoid arthritis, gout, septic arthritis, Still’s disease, and ankylosing spondylitis.
While most people living with moderate-to-severe arthritis resort to prescription medication to mask their symptoms, a safer and more effective form of treatment may come in the form of a 2,000-plus-year-old Chinese practice called acupuncture. Numerous studies have found acupuncture to offer relief of many different types of arthritis. And best of all, it doesn’t come with the adverse side effects associated with arthritis medication.
Acupunture has anti-inflammatory effects that helps to improve blood flow and relax the muscles. Acupuncture is useful for managing arthritis pain and decreasing associated symptoms. Also it is very effective when used in combined with other treatment options. In addition Research has shown that acupuncture has benefits for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and chronic pain.
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