Comprehensive Arthritis Treatment Through Chinese Medicine

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Comprehensive Arthritis Treatment Through Chinese Medicine

The Chinese Medicine View of Arthritis (Bi Zheng)

In Chinese Medicine, arthritis is understood as 'Bi Zheng', an obstruction disease that impairs circulation to joints, bones, and ligaments, leading to pain and reduced mobility. This condition can stem from several factors like dampness, cold, or heat, disrupting blood flow and causing joint issues.

Types of Arthritis in Chinese and Western Medicine

  • Hot Arthritis (Re Bi): Characterized by swollen, warm, red, and painful joints, often linked to inflammatory conditions.
  • Cold Arthritis (Han Bi): Presents with less swelling but more spasmodic pain, typically worsening in cold conditions.
  • Damp Arthritis (Shi Bi): Associated with swelling, heaviness, and aching, often aggravated in humid conditions.
  • Osteoarthritis: In Western medicine, this involves joint inflammation, pain, and bony changes, including calcifications and bone spurs.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: An autoimmune condition characterized by significant inflammation, often leading to joint disfigurement.

Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment in Chinese Medicine

For conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, Chinese Medicine prioritizes improving circulation, digestion, and elimination. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the focus also includes inflammation control and immune modulation.

Dietary Recommendations for Arthritis Management

A balanced diet is essential for arthritis management. This includes:

  • Increasing green leafy vegetables, beans, and fruits.
  • Reducing sugar and carbohydrates.
  • Consuming moderate protein and high-quality fats like olive oil, coconut oil, and grass-fed butter.
  • Avoiding nightshade vegetables that might increase inflammation.

Turmeric: A Natural Anti-Inflammatory Agent

Turmeric, particularly curcumin, its active ingredient, is recognized for its anti-inflammatory effects. An effective supplement combination for pain relief includes:

  • 500 mg curcumin
  • 500 mg quercetin
  • 500 mg bromelain

This can be taken up to four times daily, with an increase in curcumin dosage if needed.

Golden Milk: An Ayurvedic Remedy for Arthritis

Golden milk, a blend of turmeric, black pepper, milk (almond or regular), honey, and coconut oil, offers a delicious way to consume turmeric. This beverage is both soothing and beneficial for arthritis relief.

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