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Arthritis

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Overview

Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation in one or more joints. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. Other arthritis forms are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and related autoimmune diseases. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection.

The major complaint by individuals who have arthritis is joint pain. Pain is often constant and may be localised to the joint affected. The pain from arthritis is inflammation around the joint, damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of the joint, muscle strains caused by forceful movements against stiff and painful joints, and from fatigue.

Theory

Acupuncture may curb pain by boosting the amount of natural pain killers your body makes, called endorphins.Electroacupuncture can suppress peripheral inflammation through a peripheral opioid mechanism. Repeated application can treat the inflammation of arthritis.

Actions of some neuropeptides in the antinociceptive effects of acupuncture have been extensively studied, the possible contribution that both opioid and non-opioid neuropeptides may make to inflammation, specifically allergic inflammation, has yet to be clarified. It is suggested in adult subjects with allergic rhinitis, acupuncture may down-regulate certain proinflammatory neuropeptides and neurotrophins as well as Th2 cytokines and proinflammatory cytokines, thereby producing a shift in the Th1/Th2 balance of T helper cells towards Th1. Together these hypothesised actions would be expected to alleviate clinical signs and symptoms of allergic rhinitis. 

Treatment

Electro-acupuncture + Herbal medicine

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