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Yes, acupuncture and moxa can help arthritis. Both support the Qi (life energy) to move in the body and it reduces the pain and increases the mobility of joints.
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Dr. Hui (Grace) Gao LAc., TCMD
Although not a panacea, acupuncture can treat many issues that fall through the cracks of Western Medicine, often making a painful situation into a manageable one. Consult with an acupuncturist to find out the underlying syndrome, try it and see if it works for you.
Dr. Pai Hsiang Peng, L.Ac.
Arthritis, like most of the common diseases in our society, is an autoimmune disease which causes inflammation in different areas and organs of the body. One of the most common causes of the autoimmune response is our exposure to the genetically engineered foods we eat, and the most common of these foods is gluten because it is in so many foods. So, whenever I treat patients for arthritis, I also encourage them to eliminate gluten (and all the grains that have similar proteins) from their diets. The tricky part is watching for it in boxed and canned foods. It also is worth noting that it takes less than a gram of gluten to create the autoimmune response in the body, that thi response can last up to a month, and the effects of it can last up to a year. So, it's important that you are diligent and don't let it sneak into your diet.
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Acupuncture is a modality that focuses not only the symptoms of OA or RA, but as well as the entire body. Since arthritis may be influenced by many causative factors, careful diagnosis and assessments must be considered. Treatment plan such as harmonization of the mind, body, and the spirit to balance and to promote blood circulation preventing inflammation at the affected areas is one of the many techniques. Remember, everyone is responding to acupuncture uniquely. So, call your local acupuncturist for more information.
Danny Khounh, LOM
Acupuncture treats arthritis the same way that it treats any other ailment, through the lens of Chinese medicine pattern disharmony. With the treatment of arthritis, the differential between wind-cold-damp Bi syndrome or wind-heat Bi syndrome would be made much the same way as western physicians would differentiate between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Then, treatment depends on the diagnosis.
In the case of osteoarthritis, acupuncture and herbal medicine are employed that move the qi and reduce inflammation and dampness within the body. Diet and lifestyle recommendations are also made to help curb its intensity or stop its progression. Often times, giving up foods that create damones in the body like sugar, fried foods, and excessively cold foods help.
In the case of rheumatoid, acupuncture and herbal medicine are employed that move the qi, reduce inflammation, and clear damp heat within the body. The role of the immune system and any bi-inflammatory triggers are also sought out and treated. Diet and lifestyle recommendations are also made to help curb its intensity or stop its progression. Often times, giving up spicy foods and getting a good intolerance test to determine if there are foods you are intolerant to that are creating inflammation can be very beneficial.
I recommend committing to a treatment plan of 6 sessions and quantifying your pain throughout treatment in order to decide if it’s a valuable treatment that you wish to pursue and then going about trying to wean off of your meds with the help of your acupuncturist and physician.
Arecola cherries are supposed to be very good to assist, as well as cutting down refined sugars, which cause inflammation.