Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a connective tissue disease that affects three times as many women as it does men. It is a painful, chronic condition that strikes the joints, and symptoms usually appear between the ages of 40 and 50, although young people are also affected. Left untreated, it can damage other parts of the body, including the circulatory system, lungs, kidneys and eyes.
Rheumatoid arthritis mainly affects the hands, feet and cervical spine. Symptoms include swollen and painful joints along with stiffness (particularly in the morning). Changes in the skin in the surrounding area are also common.
Acupuncture has been shown to be a safe and effective alternative approach for treating Rheumatoid Arthritis. A key benefit to using acupuncture to treat RA is that it is a drug-free way to minimize pain. Drug treatments can cause people to develop a tolerance and increased doses may be needed to have an effect. This is not the case with acupuncture.
In fact, a recent “Health Alert” issued by Johns Hopkins about effectively treating RA stated: “Acupuncture is a potentially viable adjunctive therapy for arthritis pain, and it is rapidly gaining favor in the Western World.”
Additionally, a recent article in Arthritis Today outlined the benefits of using acupuncture to treat arthritis and cited several studies that showed its success:
Rheumatoid Arthritis: A recent study from China shows that both traditional acupuncture and electroacupuncture – a type in which pulsating electrical currents are sent through the needles to stimulate target areas – may reduce tenderness.
Osteoarthritis: In a German study, 304,674 people with knee OA who received 15 sessions of acupuncture combined with their usual medical care had less pain and stiffness, improved function and better quality of life than their counterparts who had routine care alone.
Here at CT Acupuncture Center, we treat local point sites to the painful areas, as well as systemic point sites designed to help the body be less inflamed and healthier. We may look at diet issues as well. We often will treat 1-3 times a week to begin with, to ensure improvement. We work with each patient to customize a treatment plan that can be tailored to their condition.
So, before you turn to medication for your RA – or to assist an ongoing and effective treatment regimen – think about how acupuncture could help relieve this pain and stop the attack. Let us help!
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