Complementary therapy for osteoarthritis sufferers
Posted Sep 22 2008 11:03am
A form of Traditional Chinese Medicine called Qigong therapy has been revealed as a potential complementary therapy treatment for osteoarthritis, according to a new study.
Arthritis is one of the common causes of disability across the world and increasingly more patients are turning to alternative medicine and complementary therapy treatments to ease their problem. Qigong therapy is one of the treatments people are now turning to.
Qigong therapy utilises exercises and therapy and incorporates the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) philosophies regarding life energy, or qi (chi), that flows throughout the body and environment.
The latest study from the US has revealed that Qigong may be an effective complementary therapy for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Dr. Perlman, executive director of the Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, who carried out the study said: "Given the limitation and potential adverse effects of drug intervention of osteoarthritis, Qigong therapy might prove to be a valuable option as a supplement to conventional treatment."
The study involved two Qigong therapists using External Qigong therapy (EQT) to treat patients with osteoarthritis. EQT uses therapeutic touch, acupressure, focused attention and mind healing to direct the therapists energy to the patient.
Participants in the study reported reduced pain and improved functionality after receiving the therapy.