Four Alternative Treatments For Arthritis
ACUPUNCTURE According to Chinese medical theory, arthritis arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes blocked. This blockage is called "bi" type pain and has been widely studied. In one Scandinavian study 25 percent of arthritis patients who had been scheduled for knee surgery canceled their operations after acupuncture treatment. In another study, researchers compared acupuncture with advice and exercise for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip. Thirty-two patients awaiting a total hip replacement were separated into 2 groups. One group received one 10-minute and five 25-minute sessions of acupuncture, and the other group received advice and hip exercises over a six-week period. Patients in the acupuncture group showed significant improvement over the other group.
GLUCOSAMINE AND CHONDROITIN Several studies have examined the benefits of these nutritional supplements on arthritis pain and inflammation. In one recent study, the effects of chondroitin in 372 patients, over a three month period was reported. The study combined the data from other smaller studies and found that patients had significant improvement in their symptoms of arthritis pain.
A note of caution: always speak with your health care provider before taking any supplements.