We are in the midst of winter, the weather is cold and we are all in hibernation mode. Therefore, joint stiffness can become more noticeable – it is the worse time of year for arthritis suffers!
To date no cure has been found for OA and RA but the symptoms can be eased. Traditional Chinese medicine is a great treatment for these conditions. One of the main reasons is that it has been proved that Acupuncture boosts the activity of your body’s natural painkillers, helping to eliminate aches and pains.
Arthritis in Chinese Medicine
Have you wondered why arthritis is worse in cold and damp weather? Well Chinese medicine has the answer. In Chinese medicine arthritis arises when the flow of Qi and Blood are blocked and prevented from passing through the body’s energy pathways. In Chinese medicine this is caused by Wind, Cold and Damp.
Wind: the pain moves from joint to joint – like the wind in the trees, it creates movement
Cold: the pain is in one joint and is intense – when we are cold, we tend to freeze to the spot
Damp: there is swelling in the joint – like a balloon full of water, it swells up
Wind and Damp settle in the joints causing an intense ache. Dampness obstructs the free flow of the channels, joints, muscles and sinews and causes swelling, ache, numbness and a feeling of heaviness of the limbs.
Dampness frequently generates Heat – when something is unable to move freely it generates friction, and the by-product of friction is heat! This Heat settles in the joints, causing redness of the joint and makes them feel hot to the touch. Which is seen in many cases of rheumatoid arthritis.
Acupuncture treatment helps to open the blockages, balance the energy and harmonise Qi and Blood. Therefore, to improve all symptoms such as pain, inflammation and lack of mobility, as well as related symptoms like insomnia, depression or anxiety.