During the ’80s and ’90s, there was a huge push by medical bigwigs to invest in new technologies and new medicines to treat the specifics of diseases, but in that push some lost touch with older yet still effective healing techniques. Thankfully, things have changed in recent years and ancient medical traditions like acupuncture are getting the attention they have long needed. Here at the MindBody Medicine Center, we focus on providing healing treatments for long-term health and wellness. One such treatment that has ancient origins and yet has continually been proven effective for individual health and effective for the specific treatment of ailment as troubling as rheumatoid arthritis is acupuncture.

Understanding Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that dates backs thousands of years. In fact, there are thoughts that it predates recorded history and has its roots as far back at the Stone Age in which it is believed sharp-edged tools and stones were used to massage, puncture, and ultimately drain abscesses. This evolved into a technique where practitioners would use very fine needles to stimulate their patient’s fourteen major energy-carrying channels. These channels are also commonly referred to as ‘meridians’ or specialized pressure points.

The general idea behind the use of the needles and targetting these different pressure points is that, in Chinese tradition, good energy flows through qi (pronounced “chee”) but can be blocked by various obstructions called “bi”. With acupuncture, practitioners expertly position the needles in order to remove the bi to allow the qi to move freely once again.

At MindBody Medicine Center, we have taken traditional acupuncture to the next stage and, in addition to traditional stainless steel needles, we also offer a unique needless technique of acupuncture. With needleless acupuncture, our experienced team utilizes instead vibratory frequencies in the form of sound, micro-current, and/or light. These frequencies are designed to stimulate the same pressure points as acupuncture in order to release blockages and balance or restore energy.

Acupuncture Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can cause serious and sometimes debilitating pain. This disorder occurs when the immune system doesn’t recognize the body and mistakenly attacks your own body tissues. As such, it differs significantly from osteoarthritis which is more of a wear and tear issue. Rheumatoid arthritis typically affects the lining of the joints, causing a painful swelling that then can lead to joint deformity and even bone erosion. Severe cases can even impact the eyes, lungs, blood vessels, and heart.

Acupuncture treatment is used to aid those with rheumatoid arthritis by reducing and often eliminating the inflammation in the joints, thereby also eliminating the pain. This helps relax the body, increases blood flow, and leaves the patient feeling healthier.

There are many studies on acupuncture and its impact on a variety of disorders, including several specifically investigating the way in which the treatment helps those with rheumatoid arthritis. The results are pretty shocking — at least it would be for those not familiar with the effectiveness of alternative healing techniques such as this. For example, at least one study showed that acupuncture was safer and more effective than traditional drugs used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

Schedule a Consultation at the MindBody Medicine Center Today

If you suffer from arthritis, whether rheumatoid or osteoporosis, our team at MindBody Medicine Center is here to help you overcome the pain and stop the suffering. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced team and learn more about how alternative healing methods like acupuncture can help you.