There are over 100 different forms of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis, which is mostly due to wear and tear, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis, rest assured that acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can make a remarkable difference to your quality of life. When getting acupuncture for arthritis, it’s important to be prepared for a totally different method of assessment, diagnosis, and therapy. For example, if you were to visit my Austin Acupuncture and Wellness Center you can expect to hear terms like wind, cold, dampness, heat, or qi. Chinese medicine offers various diagnoses for arthritis, with protocols and acupuncture points applying to suit each person individually. This is the way it SHOULD be, because we are all different and every body is unique. As a professionally licensed acupuncturist, I’ve found that the following areas should be taken into consideration when managing arthritis with acupuncture:
• Acupuncture– Has been shown to offer excellent results in pain management and swelling
• Herbal Medicines and Nutritional Supplements- Reduces severity of symptoms, assists in long-term management of arthritis, promotes good health and wellbeing.
• Diet- Diet therapy is an important aspect of our unique clinical approach
• Exercise- A regular exercise program appropriate for your condition and limitations should be considered
In Chinese medicine, arthritis is NOT just heat and inflammation. As an example, arthritis can be caused by a prior invasion of coldness that damaged the body, causing obstructions in the natural flow of qi and blood, which then manifests as heat. This is why acupuncture, along with herbal medicine and nutritional supplements, can have such a powerful effect on arthritis. My Austin Acupuncture and Wellness Center doesn’t just treat the symptoms of arthritis, we aim to treat the root cause, allowing the body to heal itself from the inside out. If you have arthritis and you haven’t tried acupuncture, now is the time to do it! Acupuncture for arthritis equals relief.