I’m sorry to say, you are right. The cold weather can worsen your arthritis pain.
In 2007, researchers found that every 10 degree drop in temperature corresponded with an incremental increase in pain. Fortunately, Traditional Chinese Medicine has two secret weapons in alleviating this particular pain—acupuncture and moxibustion.
Moxibustion is a modality used in Traditional Chinese Medicine that burns the herb mugwart and directs that heat to the part of the body being treated. It creates a subtle, penetrating heat which is healing and therapeutic for muscle aches and pains. Find out more about moxibustion here.
Newschannel 7 reported on a study of 110 people with osteoarthritis. Those in the group who received acupuncture for six weeks reported much less pain and better mobility for up to 18 weeks after the last treatment. Moxibustion alleviates pain while also loosening tight joints. It is a relaxing treatment with no side effects.
Regular acupuncture works, too. A multi-year study of nearly 18,000 patients found acupuncture significantly improved pain—even more so than standard treatment—in patients with osteoarthritis, neck, and back pain.
A distinctive feature of Traditional Chinese medicine is that focus isn’t just on the area of pain. The whole body is considered in diagnoses and treatment plans. Therefore, if your arthritis support group all booked appointments to see a TCM practitioner, each of you would get a unique treatment.
You now have extra motivation to check the weather report! If you see that colder weather is approaching, show yourself some loving care and book an appointment for acupuncture and moxibustion!
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