Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to reduce joint pain, swelling, and stiffness which comes from arthritis. Acupuncture not only treats symptoms, like taking a painkiller, but also works to naturally reduce inflammation in the body.
In my 17 years of practice I have helped hundreds of patients with arthritis. I used a combination of therapies which are customized to each patient including acupuncture, electroacupuncture, and cupping.
The cumulative effect of acupuncture is important. Not only is there an pain relief from one acupuncture treatment but also through a treatment course my patients see a long term reduction in pain and the greater ability to function.
How does acupuncture work to treat arthritis?
Acupuncture works to relieve pain and stiffness of arthritis in many ways. First, acupuncture stimulates the release of natural pain relievers in the brain called opioids.(1)
Additionally, acupuncture acts as a mind body technique which changes the way the nervous system feels pain.(2)
Importantly, acupuncture’s many mechanisms lead to long term relief from pain, even after the treatment course has finished.(3)
In addition to relieving pain, acupuncture has an anti-inflammatory effect reducing inflammation in the muscles and joints. Recent research have shown acupuncture to be an effective treatment for arthritis. (4)
Electro-acupuncture relieves arthritis pain
Electro-acupuncture is used to enhance the pain relieving and anti-inflammatory aspects of acupuncture. Electro-acupuncture is very similar to traditional acupuncture but provides an additional small amount of electrical stimulation to the acupuncture needles. The electrical stimulation enhances muscle relaxation and the release of natural pain killers in the body, as well as aids in the decreasing inflammation.
Electro-acupuncture is very frequently used for arthritis, as well as other chronic pain and inflammatory conditions. Pain relief with electro-acupuncture can be so dramatic it has been used for certain types of surgery in China.(5)