Chinese medicine therapy is based on three pillars
Almost every second person over the age of 65 is affected by the common disease arthrosis. Osteoarthritis typically shows up with so-called “start-up pain”. If those affected move after a long period of rest, pain develops, which subsides when the joints have warmed up. But permanent stresses also lead to pain and those affected over time into a pain spiral: Many are gentle due to pain, blood circulation and metabolism stagnate, resulting in renewed pain, which in turn leads to protection. Conventional medicine sees the cause of osteoarthritis in particular as degradation processes at the articular cartilage, prescribes pain medication and often pulls out the scalpel. Chinese medicine falls short of this point of view. For them, whole body processes such as changes in the quality of blood and tissue, their supply and disposal as well as inflammatory processes play an important role in osteoarthritis.
Muscles - also Qi-blockages cause tension. Wrong posture and movements cause faulty tension in the muscles and cause or reinforce joint damage - both medical disciplines agree on this point. "But it is often forgotten that emotional movements are also reflected in muscular tension," explains Dr. Christian Schmincke, TCM expert and head of the clinic at the Steigerwald. Muscle strengthening exercises alone are therefore not therapeutically sufficient. Methods such as psychotonics according to Glaser, Shiatsu, Tuina, Qigong, craniosacral therapy, acupuncture massage, foot reflexology massages release the “Qi blockages” that cause tension.
Removing harmful substances from tissues When it comes to the western perspective, the role of tissues is often neglected. They only retain their strength and elasticity if the circulation and quality of the body juices and thus the supply and disposal in the joint work. "In osteoarthritis there is often a poor nutritional quality of blood and lymph and a build-up of harmful substances in the joint space," explains Dr. Schmincke. Chinese medicine speaks of substances to be rejected that remain in the body in various forms. This is remedied by largely dispensing with meat and sausages and by reducing the consumption of dairy products with a high milk protein content. Acupuncture, cupping and leech treatment also have a positive effect on the juice circulation. The most important pillar, however, is Chinese medicine therapy. It removes substances that need to be rejected, stimulates the blood circulation, moisturizes, nourishes, warms the organism and thus helps the arthrotic joints.
Inflammation: respiratory infections correlate with joint pain. It is also known that osteoarthritis is often associated with inflammatory reactions. But why a joint that is in the process of deterioration ignites at all is not clear from conventional medicine. Dr. Schmincke says: “Inflammation and slagging affect the whole organism. If such an inflammatory impulse is already in the body, it looks for a damaged tissue as a valve. We often see that an unhealed runny nose causes or intensifies inflammatory processes in the area of the knee joints. “In fact, many of those affected know the worsening pain after a cold from their own experience. Chinese medicinal therapy is used to stop this development, which may have taken place years ago, from respiratory infection to joint pain. (pm)