If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, you know you live your life in six- and eight-hour increments — the length of time before you can pop that next painkiller.
You’ve heard all about how dangerous – and addictive — those drugs are, but when your rheumatoid arthritis is flaring up, you’ll do anything to lessen the pain.
But if you’re ready to get off the painkiller carousel for good (and get some real, lasting pain relief), some research out of China may be just what you’re looking for.
Because they found that you don’t need drugs to beat rheumatoid arthritis pain – just some tiny, painless needles.
I’m talking about acupuncture.
As a medical acupuncturist, I’ve seen this ancient and time-tested therapy successfully alleviate pain in countless patients with all types of health issues. I regularly use it for osteoarthritis, muscle problems, fibromyalgia, and… you guessed it, rheumatoid arthritis.
Not surprisingly, regular acupuncture treatments brought serious pain relief when researchers tested it on rheumatoid arthritis patients. And it was even more effective when combined with the traditional Chinese herb called “Moxibustion” or “Moxa” (that’s a version of the herb mugwort that can be burned on the end of acupuncture needles).
This combo treatment resulted in a drastic reduction in pain and swelling for a whopping 83 per cent of patients in the study.
And trust me – there’s not a prescription rheumatoid arthritis drug out there that works 83 per cent of the time.
Those patients received a lot of treatment over the course of a month (three to five times a week), but even if your schedule doesn’t allow for that, acupuncture can still be very effective.
Previous studies have shown that even less frequent acupuncture sessions can beat pills in treating certain chronic pain conditions.
Additionally, a 2014 study published in the Clinical Journal of Chinese Medicine compared a group taking NSAIDs against those using acupuncture and herbal remedies. Nearly everyone in the acupuncture plus herbal remedy group (95 per cent of them) got relief, while NSAIDs only helped reduce inflammation and pain for 68 per cent of the group.
Acupuncture works because it stimulates a healthy and natural immune response, which is important when you’ve got an autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis. And they only place the needles strategically in the spots where you need help the most, so you won’t end up feeling like a voodoo doll – I promise.
Of course, it’s always best to try to get to the root cause of your rheumatoid arthritis. Often, these autoimmune issues can be the result of an unknown allergy or even a hidden infection.
A doctor skilled in alternative medicine will know what to look for and can run some tests to give you an eye-opening peek behind the proverbial curtain of rheumatoid arthritis.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Acupuncture and Moxa Alleviate Rheumatoid Arthritis, healthcmi.com
Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Guide, webmd.com