For Rheumatoid Arthritis pain relief, treatments do not have to include unwanted side effects.
Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the general goal of acupuncture is to resolve energy imbalances within the body that can cause pain and inflammation. In TCM these imbalances are referred to as Qi and Blood stagnations. Stagnations in the body can cause pain and inflammation. Arthritis is a pervasive disease characterized by pain and inflammation in the joints. In some cases age and repetitive physical activity act as a trigger for the disease while in other cases arthritis arises as an autoimmune disorder. Fortunately, acupuncture can address the immunological components of the disease as well as the pain caused by Rheumatoid arthritis.
Most people over the age of 50 show some signs of arthritis because joints naturally degenerate over time. And many of these people believe that arthritic pain and inflammation is a part of life that cannot be avoided. The good news is that you do have options in your self care. Using allopathic medications may not be your first choice. Many prescription pain pills have serious side effects and steroid injections can only be used three times per joint per lifetime. Some people have found that these medicines only give partial relief, and are determined to find a treatment which provides more complete and longer lasting relief. Acupuncture and Chinese herbology provide effective pain relief and healing without negative side effects.
Fortunately, arthritis can often be managed using Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture points that provide Rheumatoid Arthritis pain relief are located throughout the body. During the acupuncture treatment, tiny needles could be placed along your legs, arms, shoulders, and perhaps even toes! Using Chinese herbology along with acupuncture treatments helps to reduce systemic inflammation which further reduces pain.
Fear of needles may inhibit some people from trying acupuncture. But there seems to be little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles. They are so thin that several acupuncture needles can fit inside of a hypodermic needle. Occasionally, there can be a brief moment of discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin, but once the needles are in place, most people relax and fall asleep.
A well-placed needle sets off a cascade of events producing a signal that travels along the spinal cord to the brain, triggering a release of neurotransmitters called endorphins and enkephalins, which scientists believe reduce the sensation of pain. Research also shows that inserting an acupuncture needle induces production of cortisol, a hormone that helps control inflammation. Acupuncture may stimulate activity of other pain-relieving chemicals in the body as well.