Acupuncture for Arthritis

Hi, I'd appreciate the offering of answers to questions I have yet to get non-biased, accurate information on. I have arthritis in my big toes, along with bunions by my big toe. Almost went for surgery which would have required a metal screw in one foot and a metal plate in another. When I exercise, and when I wear closed toe shoes, the pressure causes acute pain.


I decided on the alternative of acupuncture, which is very costly. My Dr. is treating me with detox herbs, diet changes and acupuncture treatments. He tested me. I have metal toxicity (problems in my kidneys and spleen), inflammation, and the bones in my big toes almost touch. I already feel some relief, however, I wonder how long the pain free-ness will last after treatments, and will I continually require treatments, and eventually need surgery anyway.

Thank you for your time.

Matthew's reply: Hi, it sounds like your doctor is treating you comprehensively (diet, herbs, acupuncture, etc) which is absolutely the right approach. I'm unable to say (without ever having seen you) how long you will need to take herbs or have acupuncture for arthritis but I can say this for sure...

...most chronic health problems are a result of years of bad dietary and lifestyle habits and if you don't correct these bad habits then you will not get lasting results from acupuncture, herbs or any other treatment.

If your doctor is an experienced practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine then I would follow his/her treatment plan for at least a couple of months. If you'd like to ask further questions about herbs, diet or acupuncture for arthritis just post them below.

Regards,

Matthew

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Ankle Strain/Injury

by Sean Steele
(Iowa, USA)

I recently started walking daily for exercise. Yesterday I woke up with limited movement in my right ankle. It hurts to bend my ankle in the direction that would lift my toes off the ground. I read about the ankle strengthening exercise. Would this work to heal my ankle or should I immobilize it for a couple days?

Matthew's reply: Hi Sean, if you haven't already done so it may help to ice your ankle for a day to stop inflammation. After that heat is best to encourage blood flow. The ankle strengthening exercises may help you, yes. It's a case of trying them and judging for yourself. The fact that you were only walking (and not running) most likely means there is no ankle joint damage, but if the problem persists I would see a doctor for an x-ray.

If there is some joint damage or if the pain doesn't go away soon I suggest acupuncture, an outstanding natural treatment for pain. Ice, rest, heat and gentle ankle exercises may well be all you need though. Any questions or comments about the ankle exercises or about acupuncture for ankle pain just post below.

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ACL Tear In Knee - Non Surgical Options?

by Wally
(San Diego, California USA)

Exercises for a torn ACL on the knee, to help strengthen instead of surgery. So I can return to running , I am 54, Thank you very much.

Sincerely, Wally

Matthew's reply: Hi Wally, thanks for contacting me. My best suggestion for non-surgical options for your torn ACL is acupuncture. Acupuncture and related therapies like Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese massage are typically very good for sports injuries of all kinds including sprained joints, strained muscles, torn ligaments and recovery from broken bones.

Acupuncture, etc, can stop pain, increase healing, strengthen the area and more. If you don't know of an acupuncturist in your area try Acufinder.com. Or try Miridiatech.com (Community/Find a Practitioner) for an acupuncturist who uses Acugraph equipment.

I was an acupuncturist in Australia for 10 years so if you have any questions about having acupuncture for your ACL tear just post below.

All the best,

Matthew

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Soreness On The Ball Joint Of My Foot

by David Cloninger
(Austin, TX, USA)

I play golf quite a bit and have developed pain in the ball joint of my big toe and neighboring toe, commonly called "turf toe". What acupressure points can I massage to alleviate this pain?

Matthew's reply: Hi David, regarding acupressure for toe pain, I am not sure this would give you enough relief. Although massaging some Chinese herbal liniment into the sore spots several times a day would probably help, my best suggestion is to try acupuncture.

Acupuncture is an outstanding treatment for pain, especially pain in the joints, muscles and other soft tissues. I cannot guarantee acupuncture will alleviate your toe pain because everyone responds differently and there are various factors involved, but I absolutely recommend you give it a try.

You should have no trouble finding an acupuncturist in Austin.

For more about the Chinese herbal liniment I mentioned, and how to get it, see this article on wood lock oil and white flower oil. Both are excellent for pain and other things too. I use both of them regularly and always have one with me where ever I go.

If you have further questions about acupuncture for toe pain or about Chinese herbal liniments for pain let me know by posting below.

All the best,

Matthew

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