Sunday, June 5, 2011

Treatment For Rheumatoid Arthritis - Taking a Deeper Look at Rheumatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatic arthritis

Rheumatic arthritis is caused by an allergic reaction passed through the blood to the joints after a streptococcal infection. TCM doctors call Rheumatic arthritis Pi Cheng, which means numbness disease. It starts by going through a gradual cold stage and then eventually an acute hot stage which shows symptoms of migrating redness of the skin, swollen hot knees, ankles, elbows, and pain at the waist with limited movement. You usually see it affect the large joints at the elbows, waist, knees, and ankles. You also find the tongue has a thin white or whitish oily coating, which means internal cold and dampness. People with Rheumatic arthritis also find cold weather and foods very uncomfortable. The difficulty with Rheumatic arthritis is that is consists of two stages. Wind-chill-dampness along with feverish and numb. Because of this you will usually find numerous herbal combinations that will address both stages simultaneously when it comes to Rheumatic arthritis treatment.

Rheumatoid arthritis

TCM doctors call Rheumatoid arthritis Li Chieh Feng which means rheumatism in joints. The characteristics of rheumatism is systemic symmetrical pains affecting small joints like fingers, wrists, elbows, and knees of both sides. Rheumatoid pain is chronic in nature unlike the rheumatic pain which is allergic with sudden acute properties. What you find they both have in common is that they are both aggravated by wind, cold, and dampness which are the main causes of this arthritis.

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