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Acupuncture Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted: 17 Jan, 2012

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Acupuncture Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder-effecting millions around the world, people present with sever swelling and inflammation of the joints that leave them in a painfully debilitating state. RA sufferers are not only affected physically, they are often left emotionally effected due to their inability to carry out normal daily activities.

From an East Asian medical perspective, the condition that is congruent with arthritis is called “Bi syndrome.” Bi syndrome often presents as pain, soreness, or numbness of the muscles, tendons and joints. It is a condition that generally manifests form climatic external influences of Hot, Cold, Wind and Dampness (Humidity). This is why generally suffers often complain that their RA is worse during rain or overcast days for example, or when the temperature becomes cold.

When a person has a predisposition to one of these external climatic influences, the movement of Blood, Qi (energy) and body fluids are affected and impaired resulting in an immune response that causes swelling, inflammation and pain. Acupuncture has the ability to move and almost sedate this confused immune state, relieving pain and improving the signs and symptoms, without drugs and their negative side effects.

The following material proves from a Western Bio – Medical study, the effectiveness acupuncture has on helping Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Effect of electro-acupuncture on tumor necrosis factor-α and vascular endothelial growth factor in peripheral blood and joint synovia of patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Ba-si Ouyang, Jie Gao, Jian-li Che, Yin Zhang, Jun Li, Hai-zhou Yang, Tian-yan Hu, Man Yang, Yuan-jian Wu and Ling-ling Ji

The objective of this study was to observe the effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) on tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in peripheral blood and joint synovia in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to verify the clinical efficacy of Electro Acupuncture.

63 RA patients were randomized and assigned into two groups, 32 patients in the Electro Acupuncture group were treated, and the 31 patients in the simple needling (SN) group treated with simple needling. According to the integral-local combining method, the acupoints were selected mainly from yang-meridian (lateral body parts) and local Ashi points (pressure – pain points). Both the Electro Acupuncture and Simple Needling groups received 3 courses of treatment, each having Acupuncture 10 times each course.

The data collected showed both Blood and synovial levels of TNF-α and VEGF were reduced significantly after treatment in both groups. The lowering (absolute value and difference value) of TNF-α as well as the absolute value of VEGF, either in blood or in synovia, were similar in the two groups; but the lowering of VEGF after treatment was more significant in the Elecro Acupuncture group than that in the Simple Needling group.

The researcers concluded that Electro Acupuncture could effectively lower the contents of TNF-α and VEGF in peripheral blood and joint synovia to improve the internal environment for genesis and development of RA, so as to enhance the clinical therapeutic effectiveness.

References: 1. http://www.springerlink.com/content/c970p642t3tnx272/

2. http://www.healthcmi.com/index.php/acupuncturist-news-online/478-newacupuncturearthritisresearch

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