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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter   Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2015-05c

7 Ways to Alleviate Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition characterized by painful inflammation and stiffness in the joints. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 52.5 million U.S. adults suffer from either arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, or lupus1. If you have arthritis, you should try the following tips to alleviate your symptoms.

#1) Maintain a Healthy Weight

The first step in reducing the pain and inflammation of arthritis is to manage your weight. Individuals who are overweight will experience more arthritis flareups, and with worsening symptoms. The excess weight places pressure against the already inflamed joints, causing additional pain and stiffness.

#2) Take a Joint Supplement

Whether your arthritis is minor or severe, you should get into the habit of taking a daily joint supplement. Glucosamine and chondroitin are powerful compounds which have been proven to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis. These two compounds are building blocks of cartilage, and taking a supplement containing them will protect strengthen your own body's cartilage while subsequently protecting your joints.

#3) Exercise

It's difficult to stay active when the slightest movements cause sharp pain shooting through your joints. However, you must learn to cope with the pain so your arthritis symptoms will subside. Studies have shown that regular, low-impact exercise (e.g. walking or swimming) will reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.

#4) Meditate

You might be surprised to learn that meditation can alleviate arthritis pain and discomfort. The National Institute of Health (NIH) even published an article on its website, citing meditation as being an effective form of treatment for people with joint pain.

#5) Essential Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for good health, but they are particularly beneficial for people suffering from arthritis. Omega-3s strengthen and protect the joints, which in turn alleviates the symptoms of arthritis. Wild-caught fish is an excellent source of omega 3s, as well as extra-virgin olive oil.

#6) Massage Therapy

While most people seek massage therapy for its stress-reducing benefits, it's also known to help fight arthritis. Massaging the joints affected by arthritis reduces swelling, stiffness and even pain, giving the individual greater freedom of movement.

#7) Acupuncture

Even acupuncture can help to alleviate the pain and discomfort of arthritis. This centuries-old practice involves the placement
 of fine needles to restore the body's flow of energy (Qi) and stimulate its self-healing mechanism. When performed by a licensed acupuncturist, it can strengthen the joints and ward
 off arthritis.

Give me a call today to learn how you can get back on track
 to better health!

For additional arthritis related information from CDC,
click here


  Acupuncture Helps Relieve Arthritis Pain

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of Arthritis among adults and affects joints in the hands, lower back and neck, causing great discomfort and reduced mobility for millions.
A large meta-analysis consisting of 12 trials and 1,763 patients with osteoarthritis has revealed acupuncture to be an effective way of treating arthritis pain, rivaling conventional medicine.
Researchers also said that electro-acupuncture would likely increase the effectiveness of acupuncture but it was excluded from the meta-analysis to rule out electrical stimulation as a variable.
Not only was acupuncture found to be an effective way of treating osteoarthritis but is also a safe and natural way to treat the ailment.
If you suffer form arthritis then you should consult and acupuncturist about treatment for your symptoms as it can greatly improve your quality of life.

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  Product Highlight
Flex (Heat) by Evergreen Herbs
for Arthritis Pain




  1. Acute muscle aches and pain with heat manifestations, such as swelling, burning sensation and inflammation
  2. Acute arthritis, arthralgia or gout with redness and swelling
  3. Fibromyalgia with heat manifestations
  4. Rheumatic heat disorders 



  1. Strong analgesic function to relieve pain  3
  2. Anti-inflammatory effect to reduce inflammation and swelling   1,2
  3. Antirheumatic function to treat disorders of the connective tissue such as joints, muscles, bursae, tendons and fibrous tissues   1,2 



  1. Expels wind and heat
  2. Disperses bi zheng (painful obstruction syndrome)
  3. Clears damp-heat and reduces swelling
  4. Alleviates pain 




Flex (Heat) is formulated specifically to treat musculoskeletal disorders characterized by heat. It contains herbs with functions to eliminate wind, heat and damp, remove painful obstructions, and relieve pain.


Western Medical Approach: Pain is a basic bodily sensation induced by a noxious stimulus that causes physical discomfort (as pricking, throbbing, or aching). Pain may be of acute or chronic state, and may be of nociceptive, neuropathic, or psychogenic type.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAID), such as Motrin (Ibuprofen), Naprosyn (Naproxen) and Voltaren (Diclofenac) are very frequently used to treat mild to moderate pain characterized by inflammation and swelling.


Clinical applications include headache, arthritis, dysmenorrhea, and general aches and pain.  Though effective, they may cause such serious side effects as gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, gastrointestinal bleeding, tinnitus, blurred vision, dizziness
and headache.  

Furthermore, the newer NSAID's, also known as Cox-2 inhibitors [such as Celebrex (Celecoxib)], are associated with significantly higher risk of cardiovascular events, including
heart attack and stroke.

In fact, these side effects are so serious that two Cox-2 inhibitors
have already been withdrawn from the market [Viox (Rofecoxib) and Bextra (Valdecoxib)].

In brief, it is important to remember that while drugs offer reliable and potent symptomatic pain relief, they should be used only if and when needed. Frequent use and abuse leads to unnecessary side effects and complications.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach:
Treatment of pain is a sophisticated balance of art and science. Proper treatment of pain requires a careful evaluation of the type of disharmony (excess or deficiency, cold or heat, exterior or interior), characteristics (qi and/or blood stagnations), and locations (upper body, lower body, extremities, or internal organs).

Furthermore, optimal treatment requires integrative use of herbs, acupuncture and Tui-Na therapies.

All these therapies work together to tonify the underlying deficiencies, strengthen the body, and facilitate recovery from chronic pain.

TCM pain management targets both the symptoms and the causes of pain, and as such, often achieves immediate and long-term success. Furthermore, TCM pain management is often associated with few or no side effects.

For treatment of mild to severe pain due to various causes,
TCM pain management offers similar treatment effects with significantly fewer side effects.

[1] Bensky, D. et al. Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica. Eastland Press. 1993
[2] Yeung, HC. Handbook of Chinese Herbs. Institute of Chinese Medicine. 1996
[3] Liao, JF. Evaluation with receptor binding assay on the water extracts of ten CNS-active Chinese herbal drugs. Proceedings of the National Science Council, Republic of China - Part B, Life Sciences. Jul. 1995; 19(3):151-8
[4] Sun, DH. Treatment of heat type of painful obstruction (Bi) syndrome with stephania (fang ji) in 120 patients. Shangdong Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 1987; 6:21

Recipe Corner





  • Tonifies Kidney Yang.

  • Strengthens the lower back and knees.

  • Warms the uterus.



Dumpling mixture:

  • 400 g (14 oz) chives,

  • minced 250 g (8.8 oz) ground pork

  • 200 g (7 oz) shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 50 g (1.8 oz) baby ginger minced

  • 5 g (0.2 oz) chicken bouillon

  • 2 g (0.1 oz) salt

  • 12 cc (12 ml) sesame oil

  • Dumpling skins 

Dumpling source:

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • 1 tsp vinegar

  • 1 tsp garlic minced

  • 1 tsp sugar

Makes 6 - 10 servings



  1. Chop shrimps into 1 / 4 inches pieces.

  2. Place all ingredients of the dumpling mixture in a large bowl and mix with a whisk. Stir in  one direction only until muscle fibers become visible and mixture binds. (Stirring in one direction insures that the mixture does not fall apart after cooking).

  3. If the mixture appears to be dry, add water or sesame oil.

  4. Wet dumpling skins by placing them single-layered on moist paper towels. Wait about ten seconds. This allows the peels to be more stretchable.

  5. For each dumpling, place approximately 2/3 tablespoon of the dumpling mixture in the center of the skin. Fold edges together and pinch along the edge to seal the dumplings. Place wrapped dumplings single layered on a cookie sheet.

  6. Combine all ingredients of the dumpling sauce in a small dish. Set aside. 



  1. If dry frying: Pour 2 tablespoon of oil into 12-inch saut? pan. Heat oil. Place 20 dumplings in the pan. Pour water into pan so that dumplings are only 1 / 3 submerged.

  2. If boiling: Bring 1 gallon of water to a rolling boil. Add 30 dumplings stirring gently to prevent sticking. Bring water to a second boil. Then add ? cup cold water. Repeat. After third boil,  or when dumplings are floating, remove dumplings from the water with a strainer. Serve with dumpling sauce.

The information contained within the  newsletter is only used to educate and inform. This newsletter is  not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health  care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult  a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before  starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.
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Toni Eatros, AP,

Acupuncture Physician, 
is the  featured acupuncture columnist in the popular SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine.
Be sure to check out the May issue, on stands now, entitled  Save Your Gallbladder with Traditional Chinese Medicine.
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to view April's Article, entitled   Treating Osteoporosis With Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Acupressure points


Rubbing acupuncture

points with your finger for  30 - 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body,  restoring health and well-being. 




Liver 3 


English: Great Surge

Chinese: Tai Chong







On the top of the foot, in the depression betweenwhere the first and second metatarsal bones meet.




Used for headaches, painful and/or

blurry eyes, depression,

inflammation and pain of toes, ankle, and lower leg.






Large Intestine 4

(LI 4):


English: Union Valley

Chinese: He Gu (??)






On the back of the hand between the thumb and first finger. In the fleshy part of the hand.




Known as "The Master Pain Elimination" point, it can address pain in many parts of the body, inflammation and pain of hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.





Please Note:

There are numerous acupuncture points to helpalleviate painful and arthritic conditions.


I would suggest you schedule a

comprehensive exam

so I can best determine whichones may best suit your specific condition.


Research Update


Evidence of Acupuncture Reducing Chronic Pain Such as Arthritis

A study published in Archives of Internal Medicine found that acupuncture can be used to help treat chronic pain like arthritis.


The study found that acupuncture was more effective than other alternative treatments and standard care for people suffering from osteoarthritis and other chronic pain such as migraines and back, neck and shoulder pain.


The researchers compared results from acupuncture against results from sham acupuncture. 

Sham acupuncture is essentially fake acupuncture that is used as a placebo or controlled group in studies.


Results showed that there were significant differences between true acupuncture and the placebo.


These results indicated that acupuncture is effective when treating osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis.


 If you or someone you know is suffering from arthritis, refer them to an acupuncturist for alternative treatment options. 


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Lifestyle & Dietary Suggestions - Arthritis


Diet plays a crucial role in avoiding and controlling arthritis. Eating a balanced, varied diet provides you with the vitamins and minerals your body needs in order to function optimally.


And getting enough of them through your diet helps ease the pain of arthritis and keep your joints healthy.

Another thing you can do is avoid "damp" foods. According to Chinese Medicine, foods that are considered "damp" are dairy products and greasy/spicy foods.


All of these can exacerbate painful, arthritic conditions.

Below are a few pointers that can help you through this time:

* Vitamin C and vitamin D can help prevent bone and cartilage destruction. It is especially useful with arthritic and knee/joint problems.

* If you don't think that you are getting all the vitamins you need, try taking a multi-vitamin.

* Herbs such as ginger and turmeric act as natural anti- inflammatories and may be helpful for you. steep for 10 to 15 minutes, then strain and add honey to taste.

* Foods such as wild Alaskan salmon, kelp, broccoli, brussel sprouts, blueberries and garlic, have all shown to help reduce inflammation.

* Acupuncture can certainly help with arthritis. 


Meridian Exercise for Back & Hip Pain


Forward Bend Exercise - Part 1

1. Sit on the floor with legs stretched out in front of you. Keep your knees slightly bent, do not lock them. If this causes any discomfort, you can sit on a folded blanket and bend your knees slightly out to the side.

2. With chin slightly tucked, slowly stretch forward, reaching your hands toward your toes. If you cannot touch your toes, reach for your knees, shins or ankles. Relax your head.

3. As you breathe in, focus your breath along your back
and spine. Expanding outwards with each inhalation, and imagining that you are expanding your back like a big balloon. As you exhale, allow your body to relax deeper into the stretch. (See the first image below)

4. Hold this position for a few breaths.




Forward Bend Exercise - Part 2

1. Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you. Keep your heels together and knees straight.

(See the second image above)

2. Take a deep breath in, as you exhale, bend your upper body forward from the hips. Grab your feet if you can; if not, grab your knees or ankles.

3. Relax your neck, allowing your head to hang down.

4. Push your left hip and left heel forward, away from you, and pull your right hip and right heel closer to you

5. As you push forward with your left foot, reach forward with your extended left arm.

6. Rhythmically alternate the synchronized leg and arm movements for each side.  





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