Scientists from the University of Southampton, reveal proof that homeopathic practitioners consultations with person who have rheumatoid arthritis provide a decrease in their symptoms.
Appearing today in the journal Rheumatology, is the published study. Researchers have discovered that patients with arthritis had shown considerable benefits when they had used homeopathy in combination with conventional medicine over a six month span. Researchers do firmly note that this improvement was from the consultations and not the actual remedies themselves.
Past research trails have indicate that homeopathy may be beneficial for persons with rheumatoid arthritis, this is the first time that science has proof of the benefits geared to homeopathy consultations process.
Dr. Sarah Brien, senior researcher in complimentary medicine at the university states consultations by homeopathic practitioners are different from conventional medicine consultations. This is due to the fact homeopathic practitioners aim is treating the patient. In conventional medicine only the illness is treated by practitioners. The consultations from homeopathic practitioners improve the health of arthritis patients established on standard rheumatology measurements which is safe and no side effect process.
What researchers are not sure of yet is if these approaches could be used in conventional medicine.
Researchers recruited 83 patients with rheumatoid arthritis from clinics located in Southampton, Poole and Winchester for the study. Every patient had been given homeopathy consultations spanning a twenty-four week period between January 2006 and July 2008. They still had continued to receive conventional treatments. Both patients and health care practitioner had noted major decreases in numerous symptoms which included disease activity score, fever, swollen joints, pain and enhanced mood.
The researchers now plan to carry on more research into distinguishing which aspects of the consultation process are greatly beneficial and if homeopathy is a cost effective treatment.
There are other alternative treatments shown to be effective in rheumatoid arthritis below are the more common ones used beside homeopathic medicine.
Chiropractic treatments can improve the range of motion, flexibility and endurance. Increase muscle tone and strength. It does in fact make rheumatoid arthritis patients a lot more comfortable and aides in slowing down the progression of the disease.
Besides using various manipulations chiropractors may also recommend rehabilitative exercises, nutrition and herbal advice. Exercise’s such as aerobics, weight lifting, yoga and Tai Chi may be advised. Herbs such as ginger extract may be advised as it has been demonstrated to reduce inflammation.
Acupuncture can stimulate various points by the use of different methods:
Pressure applied by fingers, fruit seeds, stones or other methods.
Hitting meaning the gentle application of tapping.
Acupuncture needles which can be twirled with fingers, light current electricity and more.
Cupping which applies small heated glass jars that provide a vacuum over the particular points in order to bring the energy to the surface level.
The course of treatment is geared to what stage the arthritis is in therefore, the practitioner will do an examination to evaluate what stage it is in so appropriate points may be used.Sources:
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