Treating Arthritis Pain With Acupuncture
Acupuncture for Arthritis
In tracing its roots, we find that acupuncture dates back to the Stone Age and Neolithic man. By pressing certain points in the body or hitting certain parts of the body with sticks, Neolithic man was able to control pain and sometimes make it disappear. The Chinese turned this ancient, basic method of pain control into the fine art of acupuncture.
For the Chinese, acupuncture and qi (life energy) are interlinked. It is important for qi to flow freely through the body for it to be healthy. Acupuncture treatments, which is all about stimulation, maybe performed in different ways to treat arthritis including pressure application through fingers, stones or other methods; insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body; application of electricity; gentle tapping at specific points or cupping (putting small, heated jars over the points to bring the blood and energy to the skin’s surface).
People who suffer from arthritis feel like their joints are on fire. The affected areas become tender, swell and cause enormous discomfort to the sufferer. Patients generally use a combination of arthritis and medication to alleviate the excruciating pain that arthritis brings. Acupuncture however can provide an effective drug free treatment for arthritis pain.
People who suffer from arthritis are generally those in the senior age group, but arthritis can affect anyone at any age. The general consensus among older people is that acupuncture for arthritis does provide pain relief. The majority of elderly people seek acupuncture for arthritis treatments of the knees and for pain and inflammation caused by osteoporosis.
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