I try to watch my language. But sometimes, when my knees are acting up, I bet I could make a sailor blush.
Maybe you’ve had some choice words for your own achy hinges. Especially if you wake up on a cold winter morning and try to get out of bed. And you feel that pain before your feet even hit the floor.
Well, my friend, instead of swearing at your knees, I’ve got a new study to tell you about.
It’s research on something millions of people around the world already swear by for easing arthritis pain. And word has it, this solution could help the both of us with our own screaming joints.
It’s acupuncture. But wait, it’s NOT the one you’re thinking of.
There’s a modern twist on this ancient therapy. And it just aced a big study.
A new twist on tried-and-true acupuncture
It’s called electroacupuncture. And it’s kind of a SUPER version of the tried-and-true therapy. A very mild electrical current is sent through the needles to stimulate even MORE healing.
The new study put this form of treatment up against “normal” acupuncture. And a third group of patients was given “sham” acupuncture.
Now, before I go any further, it’s important to point out that “sham acupuncture” isn’t quite the same thing as a true placebo. It’s usually real acupuncture but placed at the “wrong” points on the body.
The “sham” part is that, in theory, to work correctly, acupuncture requires placing needles in very specific spots. But it’s still possible that the placement of the needles doesn’t have to be completely accurate or super precise for there to be benefits.
In fact, many experts believe this is the case. And it’s likely why studies often find sham acupuncture can still deliver some very real results.
That’s certainly the case here as nearly half of the “sham” patients had improvements in their arthritis symptoms, including less pain and more function. So right out of the gate, that’s pretty good.
The study also finds 58 percent of those who got “real” acupuncture… WITHOUT the electricity… had those improvements.
That’s not “statistically significant” COMPARED to the sham group. But there’s no doubt it’s impressive. Nearly 60 percent of the folks had relief from their arthritis pain.
OVER 60% of arthritis sufferers had relief
The big winner, however, was electroacupuncture. OVER 60 percent of the folks who received the new twist on the ancient therapy had improvements in their arthritis pain and function.
And while that’s only slightly higher than “normal” acupuncture, it IS statistically significant compared to the sham procedure.
But there are a couple of potential downsides we need to discuss.
- About one in 10 suffered from minor issues such as bruising. It cleared up quickly, and no one suffered any serious side effects. But if you bruise easily, it’s something you need to be aware of.
- It took three sessions a week for eight weeks. And while the arthritis pain benefits lasted for half a year (and potentially longer), that’s still a commitment.
But for many folks, neither of these downsides is serious enough to outweigh the potential benefits. And if that’s you, you might want to consider giving electroacupuncture a try for your own arthritis pain.
Of course, many of us are avoiding any in-person appointments that we can right now during the pandemic. So you may need to wait a few months until it’s safer to do so.
But in the meantime, there are some other options, with less commitment and no need for in-person sessions.
One successful treatment involves a special form of collagen called Type II Cartilage that’s proven to help ease arthritis pain, reduce stiffness, and restore function. In studies, Type II Cartilage has been proven to be TWICE as effective as the glucosamine and chondroitin many people already swear by.
It’s available as a supplement, both on its own and in combination with other pain-fighting superstars.
Or, as wild as it sounds, ordinary eggshells could be the secret to rebuilding lost knee cartilage, restoring mobility, and easing arthritis pain. Get the whole scoop on this strange but effective solution here.