04/22/2019 01:38:59 pm
Psoriatic Arthritis Symptom Relief
By: Vanessa Vogel Batt, L.Ac., MSTOM
Psoriatic arthritis is a joint disease that affects people who suffer from psoriasis. A chronic and recurrent condition, psoriatic arthritis can have periods of remission with little to no symptoms present. No matter what state the disease is in, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can provide relief. During times of remission, acupuncture can help strengthen the immune system and reduce the duration and severity of the next episode.
The flagship symptom of psoriasis is hard to miss—angry, red patches on the skin with scaly, shiny pieces on the top. This occurs when the body's production of skin cells becomes overactive. Instead of 28 days for normal cells to migrate from the deeper layers of the skin to the surface, where they are sloughed off, it takes only 3 or 4 days to complete this process.
The most common symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include joint pain, stiffness, swelling and redness. Any of the joints in the body can be affected. This includes the toes, fingers, neck and spine. When the spinal column is affected, a condition called spondylitis may ensue, making movement difficult and painful. When the hands or feet are affected, they may become moderately to severely physically deformed.
There's no reason to be tentative or fearful of utilizing acupuncture and Oriental Medicine during a symptom outbreak. Acupuncture needles will never be inserted directly into the areas afflicted with arthritis and the needles are completely safe and sterile. They leave their protective package, enter the body and then are immediately discarded into a medical waste container. Furthermore, there are many acupuncture point combinations available, so avoiding areas of inflammation is not a problem.
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About the Author: Vanessa Vogel Batt, L.Ac., MSTOM, studied at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and practiced acupuncture and Oriental medicine in New York for several years. Vanessa enjoys traveling the world, and has published articles on acupuncture and Oriental medicine and related health topics for websites and publications in both the U.S. and abroad.
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04/22/2019 01:38:59 pm