Acupuncture Can Help Arthritis Orlando
When we think of arthritis we usually think of pain and inflammation. Arthritis is simply just that, inflammation of the joint that is usually accompanied by swelling, stiffness and pain. It is caused by trauma, degenerative wear and tear, infection, injury, or metabolic changes. There are a number of different types of arthritis, osteoarthritis (wear and tear on the joint) is the most common.
When the cartilage in the joint wears down there is little to no shock absorbers around the joints, just bone rubbing on bone. Which you can only imagine how that would feel. Over time this friction will permanently damage the joint. All joints can be affected but the knees are most common followed by the hips, neck, lower lumbar, hands and feet. Many people don’t even know they have it because they show no symptoms.
The good news is that there are several natural ways to treat arthritis and its symptoms. It is good to stick with food therapy to help reduce the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, such as apples and onions. In addition to other supplements and Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture).
Some supplements that are great in reducing overall body inflammation is the omega-3’s. Turmeric is another good Indian her that has been proven to reduce inflammation and then you have specific supplements that are specific for the joint called glucosamine and chondroitin.
Omega 3’s are some of the most anti-inflammatory molecules around. Omega 6’s have the opposite effect, those are fats found in vegetable oils. Omega 3’s are the parent molecules for anti-inflammation hormone like compounds in the body, while the 6’s are the parents of the inflammatory compounds. Our body needs both inflammatory and anti-inflammatory messengers, but they need to be balanced for optimum health. The problem with our diets today is that the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is about 20:1. So in order to reduce inflammation, it is important to cut back on our intake of omega-6’s, which are in just about every processed food that we consume, and are the major fatty acid in corn, sunflower, canola and other processed vegetable oils.
So it is important to boost your intake of anti-inflammatory omega-3’s. Cold water fish like salmon, sardines and tuna are chock full of omega-3’s. You can supplement with fish oils or even flax oil. I recommend Carlson’s Cod Liver Oil-lemon flavor, that has your added D vitamin.
Another great anti-inflammatory is the flavonoid quercetin, which is found in apples, red onions, green tea, and other foods. Tart cherry extract as well as cherry juice and dark cherries are high in other anti-inflammatory compounds called anthocyanins. Studies hav eshown that tart cherry extract has stopped the formation of inflammatory agents 10x as effective as aspirin.
Blueberries have been shown to fight off inflammation as well as protect against oxidative damage, due to their high anthocyanin content. Lastly, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts should be included in the diet to help keep inflammation reduced. They contain plant chemicals called indols, which are widely associated with their anti-cancer activity, also knwo as great anti-inflammatories too.
One supplement that works great for arthritic pain is turmeric. In one study done with people with osteoarthritis, curcumin and turmeric supplements reduced pain and stiffness, helped to improve physical function and reduced the need for drugs. Start out at 400-600 mr. per day.
There are two other supplements that can be beneficial, glucosamine sulfate and chondriotin. Glucosamine is naturally synthesized in the body and is the basic building block for connective tissue, like the cartilage in our knees, for example.
Although we should have enough of these properties when we are younger, as we age we slowly loose some and the cartilage starts to wear ans thin which slowly progresses to osteoarthritis. Clucosamine can’t bring cartilage back, it can help prevent further damage and loss of cartilage, as well as reduce pain, swelling and joint stiffness. Chondroitin sulfate is another building block of connective tissue, that actually stimulates the cartilage cells, which really works well when paired with glucosamine to speed the regeneration and recovery of bone tissue.
These two supplements together are beneficial in helping repair damage to the joints caused by osteoarthritis, it can be as effective as celebrex in treating pain caused by moderate to severe osteoarthritis, reported by the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in 2005.
Remember natural solutions such as food, supplements, and acupuncture work synergistically and may take time to get the desired effect. So give it some time to work and know relief is in store!
Call Four Seasons Acupuncture today and schedule an appointment to see how acupuncture can help you deal with your joint aches and pains.
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