Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joints. One of the most popular complementary treatments to help relieve symptoms and pain is acupuncture.
The most common type, osteoarthritis, involves the breakdown of cartilage in joints, such as the hips and knees, and it’s particularly prevalent as people get older. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative mechanical condition that results often in joint pain and sometimes loss of function.
INFLAMMATORY ARTHRITIS: this group includes rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that causes inflammation of the joints usually in the hands, feet, knees and hips. It is an autoimmune disease, a disease that attacks the tissues surrounding the joint. This inflammation causes swelling, pain and stiffness of the affected joints. Persistent inflammation damages cartilage and bone and leads to joint deformity.
It usually affects all the joints gradually and manifests itself with the following symptoms:
Treating Arthritis with Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a highly effective and safe method for treating arthritis. Medical acupuncture can be applied in addition to other treatments, either conventional or alternative, but it can also be applied individually.
In addition to immediate relief, acupuncture inhibits the rapid deterioration of the disease.
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