Arthritis, as the name suggests is the inflammation of the joints, "Arthro" means "itis" of the joint means inflammation, from a small joint in the foot to any joint in the knee, foot, anything for that matter. There can be several types of arthritis. It can be an infectious arthritis; It can be a viral arthritis, which is very common these days. It can be a degenerative arthritis, which we call osteoarthritis, which is very common in the knees and the hip, and it can also be an autoimmune arthritis, which is where our own immune system is acting against our joint. For example, rheumatoid arthritis. Acupuncture can be of great help in arthritis where irreversible damage is not done. If irreversible joint damage has already occurred, acupuncture may not help, but it can certainly help you control pain without any medication. It also depends on which stage you are in. If it is an early stage or an intermediate stage, then acupuncture helps. Helps reduce inflammation; It helps to reduce pain, to improve the capacity of the joint so that it can continue with daily activities. It will also help improve blood flow in the local areas where the acupuncture needles are placed. So in that way, in general, acupuncture can help arthritis in the early and middle stages of arthritis, whether inflammatory or autoimmune. But in certain cases, such as infectious arthritis or viral arthritis, we're not supposed to treat it with acupuncture, so infection is important. After infection, when they are recovering acupuncture can be useful even in viral arthritis. General acupuncture can be of great help in the treatment of arthritis and arthritic pain.
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