Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) suppress patients’ immune systems, which can make them vulnerable to infection. Scrambling the immune system is a Bad Idea. You may see short term relief, but there are serious and potentially fatal dangers involved. Numerous treatment strategies exist that are safe, effective, less costly, and non toxic to patients and the environment.
Research is catching up to Classical Chinese Medicine. Gabe Mirkin, M.D., author of “The Sports Medicine Book,” where the RICE acronym first appeared in 1978, has changed his recommendation after reviewing the latest research. For example, a study published in 2014 by the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery & Arthroscopy found that putting ice on injured tissue shuts off the blood supply that brings in healing cells. “Ice doesn’t increase healing—it delays it.”
By Justin Penoyer
When I speak about how acupuncture works I cite the primary avenue: our nervous system; i.e. bioelectronics. Acupuncture will elicit the current of injury, modulate neurotransmitters to break neuro-feedback loops and other neuroplastic disorders, and educe brain wave activity. These functions are all electrical in nature.
Acupuncture and other forms of alternative and complementary medicine are helping reduce the use of opioids to block pain in Army patients, the service’s assistant surgeon general said in a Military.com report.
In 2011, 26 percent of all service members were prescribed at least one type of opioid medication, but this number was brought down to 24 percent last year, partly due to the use of acupuncture, yoga and other alternatives to medication, Coots said.
As with acupuncture, Chinese herbs are best administered by licensed acupuncturists, L.Ac.’s, who have advanced medical degrees and clinical training in Chinese herbal medicine. Even among L.Ac.’s there are variances in aptitude with herbal medicine, so when searching for a practitioner to work with make sure to ask them about how active they are in working with Chinese herbs in their clinical practice.
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found 2,000 mg of turmeric extract was as effective as 800 mg of ibuprofen in reducing symptoms of pain and inflammation.[ii]
What is most remarkable about the more recent study is not that turmeric curcuminoids have potent anti-inflammatory properties, but rather how much safer they are relative to NSAID drugs like diclofenac, which like most pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory drugs have been linked to adverse health effects such as increased cardiac mortality, miscarriage and seizure.
Even though the FDA now requires a black box warning on some NSAIDs (the strongest warning possible on an over-the-counter product) the general public seems unaware of the very real dangers of taking NSAIDs long term and at high doses.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have served as natural pain relievers for centuries. Studies on the therapeutic effects and pain reduction of acupuncture are ample and pain management is one area acupuncture is widely accepted as being successful.