Arthritis is mainly characterized by inflammation of the lining, or synovium, of the joints but it is often used to refer to a group of more than 100 rheumatic diseases that can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling.
It can lead to long-term joint damage, resulting in chronic pain, loss of function and disability. These diseases may affect other parts of the body, including muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments, as well as some internal organs.
We have been very successful in decreasing the pain that accompanies this debilitating disease. Herbs are very effective in controlling the pain and the thing we recommend is lifestyle changes that can make arthritis a thing of the past.
is by far the most common form affecting over 20 million Americans.
affects about 2.1 million Americans and is the most disabling form of the disease.
It progresses in three stages. The first stage is the swelling of the synovial lining, causing pain, warmth, stiffness, redness and swelling around the joint.
Second is the rapid division and growth of cells, or pannus, which causes the synovium to thicken.
In the third stage, the inflamed cells release enzymes that may digest bone and cartilage, often causing the involved joint to lose its shape and alignment, more pain, and loss of movement.
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Most forms of arthritis are associated with pain that can be divided into two general categories: acute and chronic. Acute pain is temporary.
Chronic pain is a major problem. More than 40 million Americans are affected, and many have chronic pain that limits daily activity.
Acupuncture Can Help?
Another study showed that acupuncture can reduce pain and improve mobility by 40 per cent, scientists say.
They announced the finding after conducting one of the world's longest and largest clinical trials to investigate the ancient Chinese needle treatment.
A total of 570 patients aged 50 and older with osteoarthritis of the knee took part in the American study.
All had suffered significant pain in their knee the month before joining the trial, but had never experienced acupuncture.
They were randomly assigned to one of three treatments - genuine acupuncture, "sham" acupuncture, or a self-help course that teaches patients to manage their own condition.
Throughout the 26 week trial, participants continued to receive their normal standard medical care, including anti-inflammatory drugs and pain relievers.
By the eighth week, genuine acupuncture patients showed a significant increase in function compared with both the sham treatment and self-help groups. By week 14, they were also experiencing a significant decrease in pain.
Overall, pain was reduced by about 40% and function improved by almost 40% in the volunteers receiving acupuncture.
The trial, led by Dr Brian Berman, from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, was funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Institute of Arthritis and Muscoloskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).
NCCAM director Dr Stephen Straus said: "For the first time, a clinical trial with sufficient rigor, size, and duration has shown that acupuncture reduces the pain and functional impairment of osteoarthritis of the knee."
These results also indicate that acupuncture can serve as an effective addition to a standard regimen of care and improve quality of life for knee osteoarthritis sufferers. NCCAM has been building a portfolio of basic and clinical research that is now revealing the power and promise of applying stringent research methods to ancient practices like acupuncture."
The study was the biggest controlled phase III acupuncture trial ever conducted.
As more research validates the value of acupuncture, more information is available showing the efficacy of the treatment.
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