May is Arthritis Awareness Month. So, if you’re one of the estimated 70 million Americans suffering from arthritis, you may be curious about natural treatment options and solutions.
And, because TCM involves treating the root cause at the same time your symptoms are being treated, your acupuncturist will discuss your condition from a broader perspective to determine overall imbalances that need to be addressed.
Treating Arthritis with Acupuncture
Acupuncture points for arthritis treatment are located throughout the body, not just directly over the affected area. During your treatment, tiny needles could be placed along your legs, arms, shoulders, and perhaps even your little toe!
Lifestyle and Nutritional Therapy
Your diet plays a critical role in helping you prevent or control arthritis. The first objective is to help you lose weight if you are significantly overweight because added weight adds additional stress to your joints. We then look at your diet and make sure the foods you’re eating are providing the nutritional support you need to keep your joints healthy. Often, it’s recommended to avoid “damp” foods such as dairy products and greasy or spicy foods. If you have arthritis or knee or hip pain, vitamins C and D can help prevent bone and cartilage destruction.
A few healthy foods you may want to consider having readily available, that can naturally help your arthritis, include:
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