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Acupuncture for Arthritis Pain Relief



More than 54 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with arthritis. Arthritis is a degenerative condition marked by joint inflammation that causes stiffness and pain. Like other types of pain, most people seek relief from pain by taking painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications. Unfortunately, many of these medications come with negative and potentially dangerous side effects. It comes as no surprise then that people are increasingly turning to more natural approaches to manage their arthritic pain.


Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that is used to help restore balance and promote well-being. This natural healing technique involves the insertion of tiny, hair-thin needles on specific points on the body.


A research study was conducted on over 500 elderly patients who suffered from Osteoarthritis in the knee. At the end of the 6 months, the researchers found that those who had received acupuncture treatment had less pain and more mobility than the control group who did not. In fact, as many as 85% of chronic pain patients studied over the years have reported reductions in pain after having acupuncture. Furthermore, research has found that acupuncture is “an effective and safe form of treatment for many forms of chronic and acute pain.”


How does it work?


Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, also known as the human body’s natural pain-killing chemicals.


In addition to acupuncture, 4 Seasons Acupuncture offers other holistic remedies to help you manage chronic or acute pain, including herbal and nutrition therapy, cupping, electroacupuncture, and moxibustion.


Herbal & Nutrition Therapy are cost effective treatment options, especially for those wanting to avoid or stop taking prescription drugs. The right balance of nutrition and supplements can powerfully manage symptoms and promote wellbeing.


Cupping is like a deep tissue massage. The practitioner applies heat in a cup then applies that cup to the body. The heat creates a vacuum effect and draws the skin up into the cup. The result is a movement of fresh blood and oxygen to the surrounding area which releases toxins, increases drainage of toxins through the lymphatic system, relaxes tight muscles, and reduces inflammation. It is most often used for aches and pains including low back and sciatica, neck and shoulder tension, and fibromyalgia.


Electroacupuncture or e-stim is a form of acupuncture where small electric currents are passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body however, in electroacupuncture these points are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. Frequency and intensity of the pulses are adjusted according to the condition being treated.


Moxibustion involves the burning of moxa over specific acupuncture points or large areas of the body. Moxa is an herbal wool made from the leaves of the Mugwort plant, which is often formed into small cones and placed on the tip of a needle or rolled into a cigar-like shaped stick. The heat produced by moxibustion penetrates deeply into the body to restore balance, promote circulation, and reduce pain. This form of treatment is usually combined with acupuncture, and is useful for improving general health and treating chronic conditions such as arthritis, digestive disorders, pain, infertility, and more. Smokeless moxa is recommended for people with asthma or respiratory problems as it can produce potent smoke.


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