Osteoarthritis and upcoming damp/cold weather. How acupuncture can help!

With the coming colder weather osteoarthritis suffers can see a spike in there pain and symptoms this is especially the case in the uk with the damp climate.In traditional Chinese medicine we see environmental factors such as cold as a big contributor to the severity of symptoms in joints and soft tissue, in TCM this is known as “BI syndrome” or obstructive syndrome.

Acupuncture and moxibustion (Warming herbal treatment) are both powerful and effective treatments for osteoarthritis , treatment and lifestyle advice can help the harm of cold/damp weather.

Research on arthritis of the knee has shown;

‘Evidence from a systematic review suggests that moxibustion is more effective than conventional drug therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee, as well as in rheumatic conditions in general, and also that it improves benefits when added to conventional drugs (Choi 2011). Several systematic reviews of acupuncture for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints/knee and hip/knee alone have concluded that it is statistically superior to sham acupuncture and to usual physician care, and similar in benefit to some other active interventions such as exercise regimes (Kwon 2007; White 2007; Manheimer 2007, 2010). All of these, together with the expert consensus guidelines of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (Zhang 2008, 2009), recognise that it has clinically relevant benefits and a favourable safety profile, and they recommend acupuncture as a treatment option for osteoarthritis. In addition, it has been found to be cost-effective (Reinhold 2008).’ (British acupuncture council)

There are various things you can do at home to prevent the cold/damp weather from affecting your Osteoarthritis.

  • Hot water bottle or heat pack (Microwavable) – apply to affected joints 2/3 times a day.
  • Herbal lineaments such as Tigers balm , Wood lock oil – apply 2 a day.
  • Drinking Ginger in hot water – helps with warming the body and reducing inflammation
  • Warm baths with Epsom salts (Magnesium)

If you want more information about how Acupuncture and Chinese medicine could help with your arthritis contact me to book in for a free 20 min consultation.

You can email me on acu.york@gmail.com or phone 07925064468.