When it comes to easing or eliminating pain, acupuncture has gained an ardent and loyal following, as well as growing acceptance within the medical community. The bottom line is that millions of Americans swear that it works, and now there is mounting evidence is that this healing technique has the amazing potential of strengthening the body’s main line of defense against disease, its immune system. Acupuncture was described in 2014 by Global Advances in Health and Medicine, United States, as achieving amazing popularity in the previous 40 years, “evolving into one of the most utilized forms of complementary integrative medicine interventions in the United States.”
This therapeutic technique is used to relieve pain emanating from an assortment of illnesses and injuries, including among cancer patients, but perhaps its most prodigious following is comprised of those who suffer from arthritis, both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as well as lupus which, like RA, is an autoimmune disease. There is no cure for autoimmune diseases at this time, but acupuncture brings relief that can dramatically improve mobility, positive attitude and quality of life. Perhaps the most amazing potential comes from the great promise acupuncture brings to strengthening the immune system itself.
Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are both classified as autoimmune arthritis, which means the immune system turns on itself, attacking normal cells and spreading inflammation into the linings of the joints and well beyond into other parts of the body.
Fortunately, most arthritis sufferers have osteoarthritis, which is the breakdown of cartilage in joints due to injury, cumulative use and aging. This is generally unrelated to the immune system, and many with “osteo” have found that acupuncture therapy is all they need for continued quality of life as they age.
Autoimmune Arthritis Taking Toll
Acupuncture also brings pain relief to people with rheumatoid arthritis, but its impact on the immune system itself, studies show, may be its greatest promise. It’s the inflammation that RA and other autoimmune diseases spread throughout the body that are their greatest threat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that autoimmune disease, with RA as a chief villain, are among the leading causes of disability and death in the United States.
The symptoms of autoimmune arthritis may start with joint pain, but spreading inflammation is not exempt from any part of the body, including the eyes, lining of the lungs and the skin. Joints such as the fingers may become deformed, eradicating fine motor skills, with other common symptoms such as unhealthy weight loss, anemia, painful skin conditions and serious back pain and mobility issues.
The exciting potential of acupuncture on strengthening the immune system has already gathered a wealth of anecdotal evidence, and it reaches beyond autoimmune disease. Think of all the benefits of being able to strengthen weakened immune systems.