16. April 2011 · Comments Off on Acupuncture and Arthritis · Categories: Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatment is the best relief for arthritis and joint pain.  Unlike arthritis medication, acupuncture does not have any side effects or carry any toxins that would harm the body and provides potent pain relief for joints that are inflamed.  Acupuncture has been the main mode of treatment by the Chinese for thousands of years for many types of ailments and pain. It was introduced in the 1970’s to the United States and now is one the most popular forms of alternative treatment in the US.  Acupuncture Maitland can provide relief for many kinds of pain.  It is sometimes used in surgeries to relax and calm the patient during an operation and is also used in as a treatment for soldiers’ wounds and injuries in combat.

Many people suffer from different kinds of arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, degenerative arthritis and gout).  Acupuncture works by inserting reed thin needles at specific parts of the body to mitigate pain and make the body strong and revitalized, as well.  The acupuncture points are often located near the areas of the pain.  These areas, called distal points, may have two to twenty needles punctured into it depending on the nature of the pain.  The needles are left for twenty minutes per treatment session. Depending on the severity of the pain, usually an average of 4 to 5 treatments are done before pain relief is experienced.  Chronic and complex pain such as arthritis may require therapy a couple of times a week for several months.

For first time patients, the first session usually lasts an hour.  Needles as many as 20 are inserted into the site of the pain and left for several minutes.  People may associate acupuncture needles with pain, in truth, a slight stinging sensation may be felt due to needle manipulation to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s “feel-good” chemicals, during treatment sessions.  Endorphins mitigate the pain of arthritis and they make the person relaxed and calm.  It is normal that the first-time patient of acupuncture may sometimes feel a slight dizziness as it is the body’s way of reacting to a new treatment experience.  Herbal medicine may also be given to the patient while undergoing acupuncture therapy to further facilitate and maximize treatment of the inflamed joints. For those chronic arthritic pain sufferers who have not found the answer to their pain via conventional medicine, consider undergoing acupuncture treatment – it could help you with long lasting pain relief that you have been longing for.

Besides, alleviating pain, acupuncture allows the optimal flow of blood throughout the body nourishing the body’s vital organs and tissues and allowing them to function well.  Unlike analgesic medications, acupuncture is 100% safe, effective and does provide long-term relief from arthritic pain.