Arthritis is a condition where the patient has chronic pain in the joints along with swelling, numbness and stiffness, loss of movement and range of motion. It is accompanied by emotional problems such as depression, stress, anxiety and insomnia. There is also fatigue and an inclination to catch colds. Emotional problems always affect and add to the pain of arthritis. Some patients lose their jobs and their quality of life due to arthritis. While arthritis is pain in the joints, it means lowered functional conditions of the entire body. This always causes a lowered quality of life and affects their entire family.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can treat this debilitating disease effectively without using drugs, pain killers and Cortisone shots. Even though TCM is new to most Americans, it has been treating arthritis for over two thousand years. This way is effective for patients and does not have side effects as do many of the drug treatments. Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, Chinese herbs, food therapy, Tuina (Chinese Massage) and Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi, one of Chinese style exercises) can greatly improve most patient’s pain, range of motion and stability.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine have a history that’s more than two thousand years in China. They are used to treat a variety of diseases including pain, osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Patients with chronic pain always seek treatment with acupuncture first in China. According to Chinese medicine, arthritis is due to imbalance of the body or deficiency of body. Unregulated intake of food, improper lifestyle, occupational causes, weather changes, environmental conditions and emotional changes, cause qi stagnation (low flow of energy) which causes pain, numbness, swelling and stiffness. The treatment can relieve pain of local joints, and the combination of strengthening the body, proper choice of food, regulating one’s emotional self, and preparing for upcoming seasonal changes will greatly benefit all patients. It can help to take care of patients local pain and that of the entire body, from inside to outside of the body. It is also given to some patients who cannot accept any other therapy.
Since a report was released about a patient who underwent an operation under acupuncture analgesia was published in China 1958, many research projects into acupuncture/ electro-acupuncture treatment of pain and its mechanism were done. The results show that acupuncture/ electro-acupuncture improved many painful conditions. It was determined to be safe and has no adverse side effects. It increases the adaptive and regulatory ability of circulatory and immune function. Following the patients, they do not have side affects such as addictions, fatigues, poor sleeping or over sleeping, poor memories and emotional changes. It also has no side affects such as those of aspirin which may cause stomach ulcers and a generalized bleeding tendency. Since the 1980’s, the people in the U.S. know about acupuncture because it was first used for chronic pain. Many research groups in medical colleges in the U.S focused on acupuncture for pain and arthritis and have been studied since 1995. Acupuncture/ electro-acupuncture are also used for stress, anxiety, depression, over thinking and insomnia. Arthritis patients with pain were much improved, and their accompanying symptoms improved, for example: fatigue, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, addiction, easy to catch cold, etc.
Dr. Yang has protocols with acupuncture/electro-acupuncture, food therapy, herbs, Tuina and Tai chi for arthritis, pain and mental disorders. Using his more than twenty years of clinical experience and research, he has helped hundreds of patients with various health problems. The education of patients for self care is a great benefit to those with arthritis. This information can vastly improve the patients’ quality of life.