Acupuncture treatment in osteoarthritis

Zhu, Jihe and Arsovska, Blagica and Kozovska, Kristina (2020) Acupuncture treatment in osteoarthritis. International Journal of Recent Scientific Research, 11 (02). pp. 37471-37472. ISSN 0976-3031


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Osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative disease that affects the joints, characterized with bone
hypertrophy, reduction of the joint space and formation of osteophytes. This leads to appearance of
pain, swelling and stiffness of the affected joints, mostly in the morning and after resting. Most
affected are the joints on the hands, spine, hips and knees. Osteoarthritis most commonly affects
people above 60 and mostly women. Acupuncture can give immediate relief of the pain. During the
acupuncture treatment are released endorphins (neurotransmitters), which have the same effect on
the pain as when some very strong medications like codeine or morphine are used. In this research
are included 30 patients, 14 male and 16 female, all treated with fire needle acupuncture on the
affected joints with osteoarthritis. Patients were on age from 34 to 83. Patients were treated in a
clinic for Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture by a doctor specialist in acupuncture. In all
patients were treated Ashi points i.e. the most painful points on the area of the affected joints. Most
common age group was from 60 to 70. In most of the patents the condition was chronic. 15 patients
were taking additional medication therapy. Most affected joints were the joints on the knee, spine,
hands and feet. Most patients – 17 have done 1-5 treatments. The effect was achieved in all patients,
with successful reduce of the pain, swelling, redness and stiffness in the affected joints and
improving of the movement and the stability of the joints.

Item Type: Article
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Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Clinical medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Yihe Zhu
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2020 11:22
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2020 11:22

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