Musculoskeletal Conditions: Osteo-arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
It is estimated that at least 80% of the population will experience arthritis at some point in their life. The pain and stiffness of this debilitating condition is one of the hardest signs of ageing. The consequent loss of mobility and quality of life is equally distressing. Conventional medicine has little to offer and in the alternative health field new “miracle” cures come and go. Chinese medicine on the other hand has been treating arthritis effectively for over 2000 years. The Chinese call arthritic conditions ‘painful blockage syndrome’ and view it as obstruction in the flow of energy around the body resulting from overuse, old injuries and exposure to cold and damp occurring against a background of lowered vitality.
The methods of Chinese medicine seek to boost overall vitality and free up obstructed energy. They are effective in stopping pain, reducing swelling and inflammation and restoring joint mobility.
The progressive joint inflammation and deformation of rheumatoid arthritis is all too common. Western medicine sees this condition as auto-immune in origin and without cure. Chinese medicine has a special understanding of such auto-immune diseases and their possible roots in long-term imbalances in diet, emotions and lifestyle.
Studies in China and elsewhere have shown that the early and effective application of Chinese medicine can encourage long term remission from rheumatoid arthritis. For people in whom rheumatoid arthritis is already well advanced Chinese medicine can offer relief from pain and slow the progress of the disease.
Acupuncture: is one of the most remarkable systems of pain relief available and offer enormous benefit to arthritis sufferers.
Chinese herbs: Individually formulated prescriptions of Chinese herbs are effective for reducing swelling and inflammation and restoring vitality. The combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs is a particularly powerful approach to arthritis.
Chinese massage can keep joints supple and flexible and is recommended to maintain mobility once acupuncture and herbs have cleared acute symptoms.
Exercise: Qigong and Tai Chi exercises are a safe and enjoyable way of strengthening joints, increasing flexibility and releasing tension.
Diet: The Chinese Qing Dan diet, high in complex carbohydrate and fresh vegetables can have significant effect especially on rheumatoid arthritis.
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