Acupuncture for Arthritis

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States and one of the most common diseases.  This article explain how acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treatments can reduce painful inflammation, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  Major medical studies are cited that show acupuncture’s effectiveness.

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Acupuncture does combat pain, study finds

Neuroscientists find that acupuncture has a measurable effect on the brain and could provide a possible mechanism to explain how acupuncture can relieve pain. The study found that acupuncture can turn off parts of the brain involved in pain, which could explain how the practice works as an anaesthetic.

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Why acupuncture aids spinal recovery

New medical research has shown that the ancient treatment of acupuncture stops nerve cell death by reducing inflammation. Acupuncture treatments were shown to create spinal cord healing that did not occur in the non-treated subjects. Acupuncture reduced nerve cell death and lowered levels of proteins known to induce inflammation after spinal cord injury and make neural damage worse.

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Alternative Cancer Treatments: Acupuncture & Cupping – Watch WebMD Video

To help with the pain and uncomfortable symptoms of cancer treatment, many people are trying acupuncture and other Chinese Medicine treatments. This WebMD video presents the story of one woman, Gene Brelsford, who uses acupuncture and Chinese Medicine cupping to help with the chronic pain following her cancer treatments and surgery.

Gene’s Chinese Medicine doctor and pain management specialist, Dr. Chung at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, states that 80-90% of people get better in 1-2 treatments. Dr. Chung states the importance of finding a highly educated and qualified acupuncturist to receive successful treatment. With over 15 years in the Alternative Medicine profession and a nearly non-stop education, Margaret Celli of Inner Light Wellness has helped hundreds of people experience dramatic relief from pain and illness. Read more

Acupuncture for Back Pain – Watch WebMD Video

This 1.5 minute  WebMD video features the personal experience of Stephanie Judge, a woman with severe low back pain and sciatic nerve pain that radiated down her leg. When pain medication and physical therapy did not relieve her pain, Stephanie tried acupuncture. Within 5 treatments her pain was reduced by 50% and her daily function improved.

Scientific studies are featured that show acupuncture as an effective treatment for chronic low back pain. A study at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in conjunction with 33 other acupuncture studies on low back pain show acupuncture’s promise for long term back pain relief.

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Acupuncture May Help Knee Arthritis

A year long study at Berlin’s Institute of Social Medicine has shown the acupuncture effectively helps people suffering from knee osteoarthritis. Patients getting real acupuncture had bigger improvements in knee pain and function than the other two groups (fake acupuncutre and no acupuncture) and reported significantly lower scores on pain and disability. Half of the real acupuncture group had improved their scores by at least 50%.  The same level of improvement was reported by 28% of those getting fake acupuncture and 3% of those on the waitlist (no acupuncture).  As more studies are being done, science continues to prove that acupuncture is an effective alternative medicine therapy for pain relief and arthritis.
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Acupuncture does work as it stimulates a natural pain killer, scientists find

Dr Maiken Nedergaard, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester, New York, said: “Acupuncture has been a mainstay of medical treatment in certain parts of the world for 4,000 years, but because it has not been understood completely, many people have remained sceptical.

“In this work, we provide information about one physical mechanism through which acupuncture reduces pain in the body.
“What we found is that adenosine, a natural pain killer, is released during acupuncture and that adenosine may be the primary way acupuncture reduces pain.

“The most important observation is that acupuncture worked almost three times as long if we gave a drug that slow down the removal of adenosine.”

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