• Arthritis

  • Arthritis is the swelling of one's joints. There are over 100 types of arthritis which cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints and that list continues to grow.

    Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in N. America along with illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Almost everyone over 60 years old has some form of arthritis, however the symptoms may be so mild and would only detectible by X-ray.

    The 2 major types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

    Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is the result of daily wear and tear of the joints from aging. The once-smooth sliding surface of our weight bearing joints such as the back, hip, knee, spine become rough resulting in friction and ultimately pain. Initially, the condition may start with a minor dull pain--similar to a toothache--while walking but soon the pain may eventually worsen and become continuous and even debilitating.

    Rheumatoid Arthritis is thought to be an Autoimmune Disease where for some unknown reason, the body's own immune system begins to attack body tissues. This often results in damage to the finger, wrist, elbow joint linings and cartilages which lead to swelling, stiffness, pain and even deformity.

    There is currently no cure for arthritis and the common western treatment methods include:

        - Non steroid anti-inflammatory drugs such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen 
        - Steroid drugs such as Cortisone, Hydrocortisone which is sometimes injected into affected joints to reduce inflammation 
        - Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, exercise to strengthen muscles, diet 
        - Surgery & joint replacement in extreme circumstances

    The long term side effects from taking non-steroid and steroid drugs may include stomach irritation, gastritis, ulcers, skin reactions, rashes, increased blood coagulation, cataracts, muscle weakness, high blood pressure etc.

    Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine offers all natural, non-chemical relief for arthritis pain without adverse side effects. Acupuncture stimulates the production of endorphins (the body's own natural painkillers) that brings about pain relief. In addition, acupuncture also stimulates the adrenal glands to produce natural steroids that have anti-inflammatory properties which relieve the swelling that is present in Arthritis.

    Combined with Acupuncture, Dr. Zhao's all natural herbal capsules also contain Anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties which reduce swelling and enhances the body's immune system resulting in improved circulation and restoration of healthy joint functions.