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Acupuncture Treatment for Arthritis

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Probably one of the most pervasive diseases and the leading cause of disability in the United States is arthritis. When it comes to treating this disease acupuncture arthritis is all the rage nowadays. Studies show that acupuncture in Orlando for arthritis has been found to be very effective and this has given relief to individuals who were inflicted with this kind of illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that one out of three Americans which is an estimated 70 million people is affected with arthritis. Some individuals would claim that as the body ages, arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided. In fact, people over 50 years old already show signs of arthritis since joints naturally degenerate over time. But thanks to acupuncture and oriental medicine, arthritis can be managed and controlled.

Acupuncture Diagnosis and Treatment of Arthritis

Arthritis occurs when there is an imbalance or blockage of the cyclical flow Qi in the meridians. The blockage is referred to as “bi” type pain. Studies have shown that this type of pain can be successfully treated with a combination of Chinese herbs and acupuncture treatment.

Traditional Chinese medicine like acupuncture has been found to be tremendously effective at treating inflammation and pain related with all types of arthritis. Depending on the blockage of Qi or arthritis, if it is caused by damp, cold or damp-heat, the acupuncture points and herbs used would vary. Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM does not distinguish arthritis as one particular syndrome. Instead, it focuses to treat all the specific symptoms that are unique with each individual. To restore balance to the body, a variety of techniques like Chinese herbs, acupuncture, dietary or lifestyle recommendations and energetic exercises are used. Thus, if there are 10 patients who are will be treated with oriental medicine for arthritis then each patient will have their own unique customized treatment plan starting with different acupuncture points, herbs, and lifestyle and diet recommendations.

To determine your Chinese diagnosis and treatment, your acupuncturists will examine you first to decide the onset of your condition and learn the signs and symptoms of your present illness. This is initially done before your acupuncturists will choose the right acupuncture points and treatment plan for you.

In treating arthritis, acupuncture points are located all over the body so basically it does not focus on the affected area alone. During the treatment process, tiny needles are placed along the arms, shoulders, legs and the toes.

A lot may be anxious as to how the needle insertion would feel like but there is only little sensitivity when it comes to needle insertion. There may be brief moments of discomforts as the needle are inserted but once the needles are in place, you will feel relax and may even fall asleep during the whole treatment.

The number, frequency and length of the acupuncture treatment will vary from patient to patient. A usual treatment would last from five to 30 minutes with the treatments repeated once or two times a week. For some individuals, symptoms are relieved after the first treatment. But for more severe and chronic pains, this would usually require multiple treatments.

Written by Valerie

June 5th, 2010 at 9:59 pm