Chinese Herbal Medicine
As one part of the diagnosis before prescribing herbs, an Oriental medicine practitioner will feel your pulse.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Some people with painful arthritis look to Eastern medicine for added relief. Chinese herbs, for example, offer the promise of a natural remedy for symptoms. They are natural and can be effective. They are also serious medicine and should be treated as such. Even though you can go online or to a store to buy Chinese herbs, including formulas touted for helping arthritis, you shouldn’t.

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  • Deformities of the Big Toe

    Exercise & Prevention

    Deformities of the Big Toe

    Nonsurgical options are effective for discomfort and pain of toe deformities.

    High-heeled shoes often are blamed for causing bunions. But heredity is a more likely cause. For about 65 percent of people with bunions, they run in the family and can even develop at a young age. About 7 percent of people ages 12 to 14 have a bunion. Biomechanical problems, such...

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  • Hip Replacements, Tai Chi, Metabolism Changes, and Gout

    Bones

    Hip Replacements, Tai Chi, Metabolism Changes, and Gout

    Two surgical techniques can be used for total hip replacement, and there is debate about which is superior. Tai chi, a low-impact, slow-motion exercise that combines gentle movements with meditation and deep breathing, has been found in some small studies to help people with...

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  • Pinpointing the Source of Pain

    Pain Management

    Pinpointing the Source of Pain

    The real source of your pain might not be as clear as you think.

    Called “referred pain,” this shift in sensation happens because of shared nerve pathways. Nerve signals from different parts of the body travel along the same pathways. Sometimes the brain misinterprets the signals coming from one part of the body as originating from...

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  • Zap Away Back Pain

    Comfort

    Zap Away Back Pain

    Some people with back pain from osteoarthritis get relief from a procedure that disrupts the pain signal.

    Back pain is very common, and the RFA procedure is not for everyone. “Candidates for RFA are people with low back pain from osteoarthritis in facet joints who are not adequately helped with other methods,” says pain specialist Russell DeMicco, DO, in the Cleveland Clinic...

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  • Chinese Herbal Medicine

    Nutrition & Supplements

    Chinese Herbal Medicine

    Some people with painful arthritis look to Eastern medicine for added relief. Chinese herbs, for example, offer the promise of a natural remedy for symptoms. They are natural and can be effective. They are also serious medicine and should be treated as such. Even though you can go...

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  • Biosimilar Drug Approved for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Medications

    Biosimilar Drug Approved for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Less expensive versions of costly biologic drugs have arrived, and more are on the way.

    Drug manufacturers have recently devised methods to make approximate copies of some biologic drugs that, while not exact, are similar enough to the original to have the same therapeutic effect. The FDA decided to accept these “biosimilars” as long as the drugs meet strict...

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  • Calcium and Vitamin D; Balancing Exercises

    Nutrition & Supplements

    Calcium and Vitamin D; Balancing Exercises

    Calcium and vitamin D are both essential for bone health. Current guidelines recommend that women age 51 and older and men age 71 and older need 1,200 mg of calcium a day, and men age 51 to 70 need 1,000 mg a day. Your body cannot make calcium. Ideally you should get calcium from...

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  • Download the Full August 2016 Issue PDF

    Pain Management

    Download the Full August 2016 Issue PDF

    If the pain doesn’t reflect the anatomical problem, how can your doctor know what’s behind it? “It starts with a good history and a physical examination,” Dr. Murray says. Certain clues can point a diagnosis away from the knees and toward the hips. “If the...

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