Arthritis is commonly classified into rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. While rheumatoid arthritis refers to inflammation of the joints, osteoarthritis is known as wear-and-tear arthritis, a condition in which the cartilage (natural cushioning between the joints) wears off. This leads to rubbing by the bones of the joints more closely against each other as a result of the decreased shock absorbing benefits of the cartilage. The accompanying symptoms include pain, swelling, decreased physical function in ability to move, stiffness.
Highlights of the Video:
Here Dr Nathan Wei highlights on a clinical trial using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) moxibustion therapy, that is observed to work for knee osteoarthritis by relieving the symptoms and pain associated with the arthritis condition.
- A randomized clinical trial was performed by Shanghai University on 110 knee osteoarthritis patients
- After 6 weeks of thrice weekly sessions of moxibustion, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice of moxibustion was effective in reducing pain and improving functions among patients with knee osteoarthritis.
- The herb Artemisia Vulgaris (Mugwort) is burned and placed near the knee acupuncture sites.
- Pain scores decreased from 6.69 to 3.30 among patients.
- Physical function of patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis improved.
- Recorded in Arthritis Research and Therapy, researchers reflected patients’ physical function difficulty scores decreased from 33.4 to 16.43.
- Moxibustion therapy has been used by acupuncturists for thousands of years and is widely considered an effective relief for arthritis pain.
- Patients’ average age was 65. Most had osteoarthritis for both knees.
Benefits and Effectiveness of Moxibustion on Arthritis Joint Conditions
Moxibustion may influence arthritis joint conditions through heat simulation, odour, smoke and absorption of mugwort’s medicinal effects into the body. Moxibustion play a role similar to that of acupuncture stimulation. The difference is that its direct effect on the sensory nerve would be more effective as a result of thermal stimulation of mugwort’s herbal properties.
Dr Nathan Wei’s Comment: “It’s certainly WORTH A TRY!”