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April 12, 2008 at 11:34 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Acupuncture for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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The use of Acupuncture for medicinal purposes can be traced back to ancient China. About 2000 years ago, it was first detailed in the Chinese medical journal, The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine.

Today, many people are starting to figure out that even with our technology that we don't have all the correct medical solutions, and that the ancients may have had it right all along. Individuals are now starting to seek more natural and holistic care options over conventional medicine.

To this day, acupuncture is still used for many different medicinal purposes, including part of the treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Acupuncture and Its Health Benefits

When performing acupuncture, a specialist positions long and very thin needles on various pressure points on the body at differing angles. There are nine different types of needles and many different ways an acupuncturist can twirl or vibrate them to achieve desired results. Exact placement of the needles is extremely important as they draw energy to the needed areas which make way for positive energy flow throughout the body.

Acupuncture is used to treat medical conditions like anxiety, asthma, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, depression, headaches and migraines, high blood pressure, inflammation, stroke rehabilitation, obesity, and more. In addition to these conditions, acupuncture has also proven effective in treating arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. In fact, a recent study conducted by researchers in Russia found that 73 percent of sufferers of Ankylosing Spondylitis, a form of arthritis, saw tremendous improvements in their physical and mental states after receiving acupuncture therapy.

In another study, 54 patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis were given acupuncture treatments with warm needles and with the herb Zhuifengsu. The researchers found that, after therapy, 100 percent of the patients had experienced positive results. 

Natural Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis usually come with some very heavy side effects such as low white blood counts, severe toxicity of the liver and bone marrow, headache and drowsiness, an increased risk for cardiovascular events, gastrointestinal bleeding, stroke, bruising, psychosis, increased susceptibility to infections, cataracs, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and weight gain. Because of this, many people are seeking out natural treatments for their condition.

References:

http://www.internethealthlibrary.com/Health-problems/Rheumatoid%20Arthritis%20-%20researchAltTherapies.htm

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