Arthritis

Arthritis (Osteoarthritis), a degenerative joint disease in which the cartilage that covers the ends of bones in the joint deteriorates, causing pain and loss of movement as bone begins to rub against bone. It is the most prevalent form of arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease in which the joint lining becomes inflamed as part of the body’s immune system activity. Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most serious and disabling types, affecting mostly women.

Arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems and the nation’s leading cause of disability among Americans over age 15. Baby boomers are now at prime risk. More than half those affected are under age 65. By 2005 there were 66 million (nearly 1 in 3 adults) -- 42.7 million have doctor-diagnosed arthritis and 23.2 million people live with chronic joint symptoms, but have not been diagnosed by a doctor.

In Chinese Medicine, arthritis and various types of pain are caused by the stagnation of energy flow. Keeping the energy (Qi) flowing smoothly is like having a healthy plumbing system in the house. Pains occur when energy flow is clogged. We can use acupuncture needles to stimulate energy flow by inserting into certain acupuncture points and we can use herbal supplements. Herbal supplements improve blood circulation, repair and nourish cells, clear congestion and stimulate nerve system. We can also use antioxidant to explain this theory. Antioxidant gets rid of free radicals, which are the toxins and waste accumulated in our bodies from outside environments and internal metabolism.

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