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Acupuncture as a Treatment for Arthritis

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Inflammation and joint pain is common to all of the family of ailments known collectively as arthritis. To date, modern medicine has failed to find a "cure" for arthritis. Since many forms of arthritis are generally incurable, most doctors focus on arthritis treatment to relieve the painful symptoms of arthritis rather than looking for a cure. Now, however, a new study connects acupuncture and relief of arthritis symptoms. The study suggests that acupuncture can provide material pain relief to victims of knee osteoarthritis, as well as improving knee joint function.

What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is practice of traditional Chinese medicine where very thin needles are placed into the body at various acu-points. This is thought to help unblock the clogged energy channels and thus, help ease pain as a result of such blockage. Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the concept that qi, the body's life force, flows through channels known as meridians. Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical practices in the world. While now practiced widely throughout the world, acupuncture started in Chine over 2000 years ago. As the pain relieving benefits of acupuncture become more well known in the United States, the procedure is become much more accepted and sought out here as well. While it may sound painful to be stuck with needles, acupuncture is not the torture some may believe it to be. Most adherents of acupuncture suggest that there is only a slight sting when the needles prick the skin. The rest of the process isn't painful. The needles used by acupuncturists are very thin, very smooth, and are solid. They are not hollow like needles used in most medical procedures. The length of each session may vary, depending on the kind of disorder you wish to be treated. When it comes to acupuncture and arthritis, treatment may require two sessions a week and may last for several months.

NIH Study on Using Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis Treatment The study on acupuncture and arthritis was conducted by the US National Institute of Health (NIH). Considered as one of the largest and longest clinical trials to show such conclusive effects of acupuncture and arthritis on patients, the study reported a 44 percent average reduction in pain and a 40 percent improvement in mobility.

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Rheumatologists and acupuncturists conducted the study of 570 sufferers of osteoarthritis pain in their knees within the month prior to the start of the study. Patients then randomly received one of three treatments - acupuncture, sham acupuncture, or participation in a control group. “We have demonstrated that traditional Chinese acupuncture is an effective complement to conventional arthritis treatment and can be successfully employed as part of a multi-disciplinary approach to treating the symptoms of osteoarthritis,� says Brian Berman of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Other Alternatives There is no reason to suffer from the pains of arthritis. There are many viable treatments, including medicines, physical therapy treatments, surgery, and other alternative treatments, including acupuncture.

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Acupuncture as a Treatment for Arthritis  

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