Acupuncture can help relieve rheumatoid arthritis and promote the removal of damp and cold air from the body. It can promote the alleviation of inflammation and relieve pain in the joints, which can significantly improve joint swelling and make the body healthier.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a very common acute or chronic inflammation of connective tissue. It can be recurrent, and there is a risk of myocarditis. It is an allergy disorder. At the onset of the disease, the knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and other joints will be feverish, swollen, and painful, and it will also transfer from the larger joints to the smaller joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs when the immune system attacks the healthy tissues that protect the joints. It usually causes pain, inflammation and redness.
Chinese medicine believes that rheumatoid arthritis is caused by poor circulation of qi and blood, that is, “there will be pain when it is blocked.” The cold pathogens and dampness that induce rheumatoid arthritis often lead to stagnation of blood and dystrophy of muscles and bones, manifesting in painful swelling throughout multiple joints of the body.
The principle of treating rheumatoid arthritis is early detection and early treatment. It is mainly administering oral medication to eliminate inflammation and relieve pain. Surgery may help patients with synovitis or rheumatism causing bone deformation that affects their daily activities, but it is not a cure and can only improve the functions of the joint. Another complement is through physiotherapy.
Acupuncture treatment is to select corresponding acupoints according to different pain sites under the guidance of the basic theories of traditional Chinese medicine. By using needles and moxibustion to stimulate the acupoints based on the flow of the meridians. Sometimes the effect of warming needles or moxibustion is better, but for acute rheumatic bone pain, the effect of this method is not significant, and medication is still needed. If it is a long-term adjuvant treatment, acupuncture and moxibustion can play a very good role.
To prevent rheumatoid arthritis, it is necessary to prevent the invasion of cold pathogens. It is necessary to dredge the blood and prevent the accumulation of cold pathogens. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that “blood meets cold and freezes, and warm is good”. Keeping warm is conducive to joint movement and can reduce joint swelling, stiffness, pain and other discomforts. However, dampness can also aggravate the condition or induce the disorder.
More and more studies have shown that changing dietary habits can alleviate chronic symptoms caused by arthritis. The correct choice of food is generally to choose delicious and appetite-enhancing meals, mainly vegetarian, taking fruits (apples, grapes, etc.) after meals, drink natural beverages such as fruit juice without any additives, and use less soda, drinks that cause stomach acid. You can choose to eat vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin E, C, A, B, such as radishes, bean sprouts, seaweed, onions, kelp, fungus, dried fruits (chestnuts, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds), strawberries, prune, bananas, as well as tomatoes (containing salicylic acid), oranges, and cucumbers.
Patients must remember not to eat foods that are too high in purines, such as duck, sausage, lamb, seafood and fermented foods, less soy products, avoid alcohol and spicy food. Eat less milk, goat’s milk, peanuts, chocolate, millet, cheese, toffee, sweets, etc.
Chinese medicine believes that rheumatoid arthritis is caused by wind, cold, dampness, and irregularities. Therefore, food therapy usually uses products that drive wind, dispel cold, reduce dampness, and warming, such as leeks, coriander, green onions, celery, cole, and pepper. According to the symptoms, different types of foods, such as fennel, papaya, etc., are then treated with a herbal diet. Chinese medicine divides rheumatoid arthritis into four types: wind arthritis, cold arthritis, damp arthritis and heat arthritis (acute rheumatic fever).