acupuncture and rheumatoid arthritis

Acupuncture and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Have you ever wondered about treating the pain, swelling and stiffness of arthritis with acupuncture? Even the reaction to weather changes, which was known in the old days as "rheumatism", can be reduced with properly applied moxibustion and dietary changes in accordance with Oriental theory. Traumatic arthritis can sometimes be helped very well when the treatment is begun very soon after the injury occurs.

My own experience suggests that acupuncture and Chinese herbology are effective and present a much more favorable risk to benefit relationship than than surgery, steroids or NSAIDs to treat arthritis. Even for patients who eventually need a joint replacement, acupuncture and Chinese medicinals before and after the surgery can aid in pain relief, speed of rehabilitation, and to correct complications of surgery.

Acupuncture therapy and traditional medicine prepared from different herbs and roots are individualized to each patient's presentation whether the diagnosis is osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or other forms. Knowing the pattern of the disorder can also help in choosing which form of Western drug therapy may work the most effectively, and acupuncture and Chinese medicinals may in some situations improve the response to Western drugs at lower dosages, as well as to address the side effects commonly seen with pharmaceutical drugs.

Treating rheumatoid arthritis with acupuncture should be seen as a long term process, especially if the condition has been present for many years. Symptoms of autoimmune arthritis can also include tissues and organs outside of the joints, and this can lead to multiple specialists with often conflicting advice and treatment. Often there is considerable muscle weakness or problems with the tendons as a result of inability to exercise when pain levels are high. A physician skilled in Oriental medicine is most likely to be able to coordinate care and provide approaches which can address the multiple level nature of autoimmune disease. Please visit our site to obtain information on treatment with traditional Oriental medicine.

Time will prove that traditional methods of treatment like acupuncture, help to reduce the suffering of conditions like arthritis at a reasonable cost and with a minimum of risk and side effects. Sometimes aggressive therapy with methotrexate, steroids, or disease modifying agents must be considered, and reduction of toxicity then becomes a priority

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 for more than 27 years. Our small practice specializes in creating individualized treatment plans combining Western and Oriental methods. Call us at 440-461-7488 to make an appointment or visit our website for more information.

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