HELEN DENNIS: A variety of ways to treat arthritis
#1 Aug 20, 2009
I have personally benefited a lot from acupuncture and yoga. Acupressure has also helped me a lot. Give it time and you will find a lot of relief. The only thing you should be careful about is finding the right person to guide you.
#2 Aug 20, 2009
Thank you for mentioning Reiki in this post, Helen. I am a Reiki master practicing since 1986 who was the lead reviewer for the NCCAM Reiki backgrounder. There is not yet a lot of research on Reiki, but a number of studies show that Reiki treatment can be useful to manage pain in a range of conditions.
Reiki has no known medical contraindications. I always suggest telling your doctor when you start using Reiki, especially if on medications, because the balancing effects of Reiki treatment may enable you to reduce dosages.
Of special importance to seniors who may be on fixed incomes is that Reiki self-treatment is easily learned. A one time investment in a class with a credible Reiki master can give a lifetimes of pain relief and other benefits (look for a group class of 8-12 hours).
I started a Reiki program in a senior outreach center some years back and the students found it easy to practice on themselves, family members and friends. Many reported using Reiki to help their grandchildren.
#3 Aug 20, 2009
Arthritis is auto-immune based so I was disappointed to not see the importance of a good diet/nutrition mentioned. Perhaps it will be next week?
Since: Jul 07
#4 Aug 20, 2009
Only some forms of arthiritis such as rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis are considered to be associated with auto-immune. Since the person posing the question did not qualify their arthritis, the standard definition would be that she is suffering from osteoarthritis ... which has no autoimmune component.
I do agree with you however that diet and nutrition can play a very large role in managing many auto-immune inflammatory conditions.
#5 Aug 20, 2009
There is not one shred of good scientific research for any of these claims.
Most of these claims consist of quack "medicine".
Ms Dennis seems to be a great proponent of the false and obvious.
Just about every one of her columns is more of the obvious and her "proof" is always specious at best.
Something that is repeated and repeated as "truth", does not make it so.
Does anyone care about scientific proof and evidence anymore?
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