Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that can bring with it pain and stiffness and the progressive destruction and deformity of joints, with the potential to seriously impair not just the quality of life but life expectancy. No cause has yet been identified but ‘hormonal influences, obesity, diet and cigarette smoking have all been implicated as risk factors’.
The aim of any treatment is to control pain and inflammation, reduce joint damage, disability and loss of function and improve quality of life, and acupuncture treatment seeks to support these aims.
In 2011, this fascinating study looking into the benefits of homeopathic intervention in patients with chronic, active but relatively stable Rheumatoid Arthritis, found that there were ‘significant clinical benefits that are attributable mainly to the homeopathic consultation process’ but that ‘there appeared to be no specific benefit from the homeopathic remedies themselves’.
This was the first study to identify that the benefits of homeopathy are attributable to the consultation, a process that involves ‘communication skills, empathy, hopefulness, enablement and narrative competence’, all factors which are key to the holistic treatment of any ‘dis-ease’ of the body and mind.
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“I began to have acupuncture with Joshua to improve my chances of conceiving. From the outset, he made me feel very relaxed and comfortable and that, in combination with the weekly treatment sessions, I felt a lot calmer and my blood pressure started to come down. I always felt I could share my concerns with him…
“I have known Joshua for twenty years, initially as my teacher and subsequently as a colleague. During that time he had his own practice as well as teaching the Alexander Technique as a part of performance training in a range of different contexts, including individual and group work. He is experienced and knowledgeable in many…
“Without Joshua I’m sure we wouldn’t have our little girl. We can’t thank him enough of all the help, support and knowledge he gave us over the last eighteen months.”
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