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Acupuncture reduces pain and accelerates bone tissue repair in Knee Arthritis

Multiple studies have strongly suggested that acupuncture can be an excellent option to treat different types of pain. A recent study conducted by researchers from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine quantified the curative effect of warm needle acupuncture using micro-CT (computed tomography). The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating knee osteoarthritis. Knee osteoarthritis is characterized by degeneration of articular cartilage, intra-articular inflammation with synovitis, and remodeling of periarticular and sub-chondral bone. Knee osteoarthritis is a major cause of pain and disability and is also one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders in the United States.

In this randomized study, 40 experimental rats were divided into 4 groups: a control group (n=10), a knee osteoarthritis model group (n=10), a medication group (n=10), and a warm needle acupuncture group (n=10). With the exception of the control group, the other three groups underwent surgery to create a knee osteoarthritis model. The medication group received intragastric administration of meloxicam, once per day, for 20 consecutive days. Meloxicam is an NSAID used to treat pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis. The warm needle acupuncture group was treated with acupuncture and moxibustion at bilateral Xiyan (ST35 Dubi and Neixiyan), once per day, for 20 consecutive days. The knee osteoarthritis model group did not receive any treatment. The researchers conclude that acupuncture with moxibustion is effective for the alleviation of knee osteoarthritis. In this study, the researchers note that “In the early stages of knee osteoarthritis, warm needle acupuncture not only relieves pain, but also accelerates bone tissue repair.” The researchers conclude that “warm needle acupuncture is safe and effective for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.” In addition, warm needle acupuncture outperforms meloxicam. For more information about treatment for knee osteoarthritis, please visit Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center.

 

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Acupucture helped alleviate 10/10 shoulder pain

Sam Robinson* is a healthy 60 years old male. He has gone through many physical traumas in his life such as multiple broken bones and different work related injuries but he is otherwise healthy. He presented to our clinic because of his brother’s referral. At initial visit,  he reported that his left shoulder pain is an insidious onset and was worsening over the last 2 weeks. He did not recall any trauma and injury to the left shoulder. Sam explained that although he has been through many injuries and traumas, this pain was nothing like them. It was the WORSE pain he has ever felt. The shoulder pain was dull and occasionally sharp. He was getting about one hour of sleep every night due to his shoulder pain. During physical exam, it was found that he has decreased range of motion with the arm secondary to pain.

Acupuncture was performed and pain subsided tremendously. He reported pain to be 1-2/10 after the first treatment. We also talked about naturopathic treatments that can be conducted at home to help speed up healing. Sam was advised to taking omega-3s to help decrease inflammation of the shoulder.  We also spoke about dietary changes such as avoid nightshades (potatoes, eggplants, tomatoes) which can potentially aggravate his symptoms.

Sam was asked to return for the second treatment the same week but was not able to make it until one week after the first treatment. He reported that he has been following the naturopathic treatment protocols and that the pain relieved for 4 days and is now started slowing coming back. The second treatment was preform and again he noticed pain decreased to about 1/10. He range of motion noticeably improved after the treatment.

After a series of six treatments, Sam is pain-free. He is now receiving acupuncture once every month for general health maintenance and wellness.

*name changed for confidentially purposes.

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