An Ancient Remedy for Arthritis
Most arthritis sufferers report increasing discomfort as the temperature outside drops. While this is prominently noted, the exact cause of this correlation is relatively unknown. One theory proposed by researchers postulates that a drop in barometric pressure exerts extra force on the body which exacerbates inflammation and, as a result, escalates pain signals within the body.
Chronic inflammation is the hallmark of arthritis. Anti-inflammatory drugs can lead to a host of side effects especially when used over long-term.
What about acupuncture? Can this ancient remedy curtail the aches of winter?
Recent studies suggest that it can! One such study was done by the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). The study assessed acupuncture’s effectiveness for the treatment of osteoarthritis in the knee.
An assessment of 570 patients over a period of 26 weeks concluded that acupuncture did alleviate the pain associated with the condition and, therefore, improve the patient’s function. “For the first time, a clinical trial with sufficient rigor, size, and duration has shown that acupuncture reduces the pain and functional impairment of osteoarthritis of the knee,” remarked Stephen E. Straus, M.D., of NCCIH.
If you suffer from an arthritic condition contact us to inquire about acupuncture and how it may help you find relief.