Arthritis is one of the many diseases that are skyrocketing in incidence today. There are now more than 100 types of arthritis, the two common forms being osteoarthritis (degenerative joints) and rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune type). Other common forms include psoriatic arthritis and septic arthritis (from joint infection), Ankylosing spondylitis, and juvenile arthritis.
The number one symptom is pain from inflammation and swelling of the joint. Joint damage occurs when joints are over-used or injured, the muscles supporting them are strained by forceful movements, or is secondary to other diseases such as gout (called pseudogout or gouty arthritis), Lupus, Sarcoiditis, several collagen vascular diseases, Lyme disease and inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
Acupuncture is effective in managing the pain, swelling and inflammation of the joints while also helping to improve function of the immune system. It also increases the micro-circulation into the joint tissues, bringing the much needed nutrients to the rescue. Proper nutrition is vital for providing the raw materials necessary for slowing the degenerative progression and in many cases rebuilding the damaged tissue. Acupuncture and good nutrition are a combination better left together for the best results in treating arthritis.
Acupuncture and nutrition can help you with your arthritis, generally providing immediate relief, and continued support and repair.