Seven Alternative Methods to Help with Arthritis

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At Master Lu’s Health Center in Salt Lake City, it is our pleasure to give you the best health care and advice.  We specialize in Chinese medicine, acupuncture, exercise, and nutrition.  Below are seven alternative methods that will help you with arthritic pain.  We hope these tips and recommendations will help you feel better and start you on a path to good health and wellness.

 

Exercise

For those with arthritis, exercise, no matter how little you do, is one of the best natural treatments. For those with severe arthritis, even the smallest amount of walking can make a difference. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for those with arthritis because it puts the least amount of impact on the joints. Strengthening exercises are also recommended to keep muscles and joints strong.

 

Acupuncture

One of the most common reasons people seek out acupuncture is for arthritis relief. Acupuncture can help relieve pain from arthritis and increase blood flow and circulation, reducing inflammation. Through the specific placement of needles on acupuncture points on the body, acupuncture realigns the body back to balance.

 

Capsaicin Cream

Made from the chemical that gives chili peppers their heat, Capsaicin cream has been known to relieve arthritis pain. The cream works by decreasing the body’s pain receptors and as a result, lessening the overall pain caused by arthritis. The cream can be bought without a prescription at your local drug store.

 

Fish Oil

Fish oil is beneficial for numerous reasons, one of them being its anti-inflammatory properties. Because it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, trials have found that the oil can reduce morning stiffness and the need for pain medication for those with arthritis. Fish oil is a supplement that is safe and recommended to take every day for the most beneficial effects.

 

Mind-Body

Mind-body techniques like meditation, relaxation and tai chi have been seen to improve overall quality of life for those with arthritis. Tai Chi is a martial art that involves slow, easy movements along with deep breathing. This exercise can improve the body’s motion and physical fitness without being too demanding on the joints and muscles. Although meditation and relaxation do not necessarily reduce pain, they have been found to improve mood and health in arthritis patients dealing with chronic pain.

 

Diet

Studies have shown that some patients benefit from changes in their diet by eliminating food that may contribute to their arthritis pain. By removing allergens from the diet, overall inflammation can be reduced. Common diets that have been seen to be beneficial include a mediterranean diet rich in nuts, fish, vegetables, fruit and olive oil. Foods that are not recommended include red meat and dairy as those can cause inflammatory reactions.

Whole Food Supplements and Herbs

Whole food based supplements will also help with arthritis.  Whole food nutrition is important for your body to heal itself.  When we have the right kinds of foods at adequate amounts bodies will become balanced and heal itself. There are several whole food supplements and Chinese herbal formulas that will reduce inflammation and control arthritic pain.

If you have any questions about acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Tai Chi, and nutrition please feel free to call us at Master Lu’s Health Center in Salt Lake City.  It is our pleasure to help you feel better, more energized, and balanced.

 

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