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Arthritis & Chinese Medicine

Arthritis & Chinese Medicine ABOUT ARTHRITIS

Arthritis refers to the inflammation of the joints. It is an illness a sufferer may have to deal with for the rest of his or her life. The usual soft padding between the joints slowly deteriorates, allowing the bones to rub together causing sharp, persistent pain.

Arthritis & Chinese Medicine There are two basic forms of arthritis that occur frequently: rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is characterised by autoimmune attacks that usually come and go, and may be influenced by numerous factors that alter the immune functions, including dietary components, infections and stress. Osteoarthritis also involves some autoimmune responses, but is characterized by a gradual loss of tissue in the joints as a person gets older. Infl ammation of the joints with constant pain is an ongoing condition.

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

Arthritis has been a recognised medical condition since ancient times. The Chinese believe the cause is due to poor chi and blood circulation that leads to symptoms of pain, numbness, swelling and stiffness. Therefore they developed treatments to nourish and improve the circulation: Acupuncture, Herbal Formulas, and Tai Chi.

CHINESE HERBAL FORMULAS

The ability of the Chinese medical community to document herbal formula treatments has allowed the medical community to gather 31 different formulas. The formulas reveal eight commonly used herbs: Cinnamon, Liquorice, Dong Quai, Peony, Siler, Chiang-Huo, Atractylodes, and Cnidium.

These herbs improve chi and blood circulation, as well as tonify the liver, kidneys and spleen. In general, they are warming, a bit spicy yet gentle in nature, without any toxic side-effects.

From various Chinese studies, providing the formulas are suited to the individual, pain relief and possible remission in the case of rheumatoid arthritis may occur from one month to several months after treatment begins.

HOW TAI CHI HELPS ARTHRITIS

Tai Chi has been practiced as a Chinese health-promoting martial art that focuses on slow, gentle movement, providing a smooth, continuous and low intensity exercise.

The movements of Tai Chi keep the body alert yet balanced and soft, and allow a freer range of motion in the joints and greater flexibility. The deep, rhythmic Chi Gung breathing exercises expand the lungs; lower the blood pressure and heart rate, thereby improving the body’s immune system.

The focused attention to long, slow breathing and smooth, gentle movements gradually decreases emotional anxiety while lowering hypertension. All these factors improve the chi and blood flow throughout the body thereby reducing the arthritic inflammation and pain. With a smoothly flowing energy system, reduced emotional stress levels and calm, steady mind, the door is open to achieve new levels of arthritic pain management.

For additional information, please contact:
The Tai Chi Center, Kamala Nathong House, 99/148 Moo 3, Kamala Beach, 83150 Phuket, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 81 728 9980,
Email: serenethai@yahoo.com
Website: www.taichiphuket.com

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