Even the simplest of tasks will become hard if you have joint pain. Most people that suffer from this condition already undergo some sort of treatment, but if your current one isn’t doing enough for your pain, maybe it’s time to consider some of the available alternative therapies. Continue reading our article to see the three most common alternatives to standard joint pain treatments. We are going to talk about their effectiveness and what professionals say about their use and purpose in medicine. Of course, we suggest that you consult your doctor before trying any of the alternatives for arthritis treatment we offer below.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a remedy that has been recommended by folks for all kinds of treatments from the common cold to warts. Many will doubt its use as medicine because it’s a folk remedy, but it is proven that apple cider vinegar can be used for treating arthritis.
Regardless of its already broad use in treating arthritis, many medics still have divided opinions on it. Those who believe in it claim that apple cider vinegar alters the body’s pH balance by dissolving the harmful crystallization in the joints. It also provides healthy nutrients that are necessary for joint health. But many doctors, such as Professor Robert Moots, who is a rheumatologist at Liverpool’s University Hospital, say that these claims are unfounded.
While opinions remain divided, many people will try out apple cider vinegar to treat their joint pain. If you are one of those who would love to try it out, there are many ways you can do it by yourself at home. The best way is to mix one cup of apple cider vinegar with five cups of warm water and then soak your joints in the mixture. Also, you can mix it with olive oil and rub it directly into your skin. Some people even recommend drinking one or two tablespoons combined with water or juice.
Have you heard of reiki? It is based on the belief that there is a healing energy that flows through every person’s body. Those who practice reiki try to make the body vital and to heal it if needed by redistributing the energy in our body. Those who have been to reiki therapy say that it lasts between one hour and ninety minutes. During the treatment, a patient lies or sits in a comfortable position while the reiki practitioner infuses energy in particular places with their hands.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much research that shows the connection between reiki and arthritis. Many patients that have chronic joint pain claim that they felt better after reiki treatments. But regardless of their claims, no medical studies have confirmed that reiki is good for arthritis patients.
This Chinese healing skill is based on the premise that all people are blessed with energy called chi, which is an essential part of our well-being. According to those who believe in chi, the imbalance in this energy is a cause of illness. Acupuncture consists of needles being inserted into a patient’s skin while he lies on the table. This process can last more than 40 minutes. The balance in chi is attained by adequately distributing needles across the body.
Many studies have proved that acupuncture is an effective way to treat chronic pain. So, unlike reiki, acupuncture is recommended by doctors. But many of them believe that acupuncture only works because people want to believe in it. This means that it works only because of the placebo effect. Regardless of this being true or not, it has had a positive impact on many patients.
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