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Frankincense, an age old herbal remedy, may effectively treat arthritis. Cardiff University scientists have been examining the potential benefits of frankincense to help manage symptoms of the condition. In addition to frankincense, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been found to be effective at alleviating the pain and inflammation associated with all types of arthritis.

“The search for new ways of relieving the symptoms of arthritis and osteoarthritis is a long and difficult one,” says Emma Blain, M.D., from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences. Extracts of frankincense have been used as a traditional herbal remedy for arthritic conditions.

The Cardiff scientists have demonstrated that treatment with an extract of Boswellia frereana—a rare frankincense species—inhibits the production of key inflammatory molecules, which helps prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue which causes the condition.

More and more people have found significant pain relief from acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine without the negative side effects that come from allopathic treatment and pharmaceuticals. Acupuncture treats many symptoms of arthritis, including:

  • Stiffness and swelling.
  • Tender joints.
  • Inflammation.
  • General discomfort.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) uses a multidimensional approach, treating arthritis with acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, diet modification, bodywork, physical exercise, stress reduction, and supplements as necessary depending on the type of arthritis and the symptoms.

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.

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