Arthritis responds very well to acupuncture and herbs. After skin cases it is the most prevalent condition we treat.
However it must be understood that when the joint is completely destroyed or non functional through instability – then surgery e.g. joint replacement or daily use of medical drugs is required. When the function of the joint is lost modern medical treatments are required.
We all will suffer arthritis – it is a fact of life. As we get older our immune system gets weaker – so the pathogens can access our body and enter the joints. We cannot escape it.
My theory on arthritis is just the body reacting to pathogens entering the body. The pathogens are commonly Wind, Cold and Damp. The joints are access points for the pathogens going deeper into the layers of the body. The body tries to prevent the pathogens entering deeper and activates its immune system to fight the pathogens – and this battle occurs in the joints.
So it is a battle of pathogens, a weak immune system and it occurs on six levels. Additionally the problems can be broken down into yin and yang energy problems entering or exiting the joints.
Arthritis is a complex syndrome but trying to find simplicity and accurate diagnosis is the key to successful treatment.
Pulse diagnosis is the answer to this complex syndrome. It lets you know what is happening now. It allows me to understand which channels are involved, what level is involved and laser examination of those channels lets me know what points are active and require treatment.
Fundamental to treatment is that we need to build substances of Qi ( energy) , Blood , Yin and Jing – this is achieved through good wholesome foods and herbs. I am afraid dry food will not cut it.
Arthritis that is not arthritis!
Very often I see patients that have not responded to arthritis treatments because they have a another condition called Wei Syndrome – which is weakness of the limbs associated with substance deficiency in the channels of the limbs i.e. Blood, Qi ( energy) Yin ( fluids) and sometimes Yang deficiency ( warm energy) . These cases respond remarkably well to acupuncture, herbal and dietary changes.
Moxibustion and Acupuncture for Lower Lumbar pain / arthritis