Arthritis is a pretty common condition that is mostly seen in adults over the age of 65. There are over 100 different types of arthritis conditions and even children, teens or young adults can suffer from some of these types. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
This condition is quite painful to live with because it causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling amongst other symptoms. Severe rheumatoid arthritis can restrict your range of movement or can even result in joint deformities.
Can Chinese Medicine Help With Arthritis?
Chinese medicine has been used to treat this illness and its symptoms for centuries. It is believed that problems in the kidney and liver might be the root cause of arthritis. TCM treatments can be used to nourish these vital organs while promoting your body’s qi and blood circulation. This, in return, assists in removing blood stasis and other impurities that might be causing your condition. There are quite a few traditional remedies that can be used to reduce the symptoms of this painful condition so you can manage it a lot better. Here is a quick look at some common Chinese medicine treatments to consider for your arthritis.
Certain herbs contain anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the symptoms of arthritis. Herbs like aloe Vera, Boswellia, cat’s claw, eucalyptus, ginger, ginger tea, thunder god vine, turmeric, and willow bark contain ingredients that can help relieve joint pain, reduce swelling and inflammation and assist with arthritis. It is important to speak with your TCM practitioner before you start using these natural herbs. Herbal remedies might be natural but if you use too much of the wrong herb you can end up with quite a few negative side effects like an upset stomach, headaches, skin rashes, and more.
The types of food we eat have a huge impact on our health. Some foods can help reverse arthritis while others can make these conditions a lot worse.
Foods like broccoli, olive oil, blueberries, fish, nuts, tart cherries, kelp, fermented foods, pawpaw, and green tea are known to fight inflammation and reduce the symptoms of arthritis.
Foods like pasta, bread, fried chips, beer, alcohol, and tomatoes are known to make inflammation in joints flare up and become a lot worse.
A TCM practitioner can help you create a healthy and balanced diet that can help reduce pain and keep the condition under control.
The research on using acupuncture for treating arthritis is still relatively limited. A lot of people do however feel that acupuncture did help them. Acupuncture sessions are not painful and these treatments can be used to boost the health of organs like your kidneys or liver. When these organs are boosted, your overall chances of getting recurring arthritis are reduced.
Acupuncture can also stimulate healing and boost blood flow to certain joints, muscles, and tendons that might be affected by the condition. This traditional medicine treatment has an anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effect on the body.
Acupressure or Massage
People with arthritis often experience sore or tense muscles. Massage therapy or acupressure can help reduce the tension in these muscles that might be restricting your movement or causing you agony. Light massaging can also reduce some of the pain you feel in certain joints.
Chinese Medicine is a great alternative remedy compared to western medication that can be so expensive and that can have so many negative side effects. Book a session with Evergreen CMC now and see a practitioner who can help you find a good and healthy balance so you can lie comfortably despite your condition.