Have you considered treating your arthritis with acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine? Acupuncture, moxibustion, and plant derived medicine are three of the most important methods used in addressing pain in the joints, tendons and muscles in Asia. Arthritis from disease, arthritis from falls and trauma, arthritis from sports and work related injuries as well as other causes of arthritis and many other joint diseases and joint pain can be helped with the proper application of traditional Oriental medicine.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal medicine, which is generally prepared from combining roots and barks, and flowers and fruits from different plants, have proven to be helpful to many patients to reduce the symptoms, swelling, and painful limitations of arthritis.
Treating arthritis with acupuncture should be seen as a long term process, especially if the condition has been present for many decades. The treatment has to be individualized to your particular imbalance, and may be different for individuals even when they have the same diagnosis of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or tendonitis from the Western physician. Treating arthritis with the techniques of traditional Chinese medicine takes time and patience. When there is deformity and structural change, improvement can be slow, but it is still possible. Patients facing immediate surgery because their joints have completely broken down should look to acupuncture to help them prepare for surgery and relieve pain and help rehabilitate after surgery. At our site you will find more information on the treatment of arthritis with traditional Oriental medicine.
Our experience suggests that acupuncture and Chinese herbology present less risk when compared with the use of powerful pharmaceuticals in arthritis treatment. Often steroids and chemotherapeutic agents are suggested in autoimmune arthritis syndromes such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus erythematosis. Non steroidal drugs such as celebrex, naprosyn, and vioxx have been heavily promoted for the treatment of arthritis, but it is clear that these drugs may not be as safe as previously thought. If pharmaceutical drugs must be used, it may be possible to decrease the dose when they are combined with Chinese medicine. This will result in fewer side effects from the pharmaceutical drugs, as most of these side effects are dose-related.
Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., was the first physician in Ohio to be board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. He has studied Oriental medicine since 1972 and has practiced Oriental medicine in Cleveland since 1980. Our small practice specializes in creating individualized treatment plans combining Western and Oriental methods. Call us at 440-461-7488 or visit our website for more information, or to make an appointment.