My mom’s Rheumatoid Arthritis.

My mom suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disease of the body. Any chronic condition is terrible, but rheumatoid arthritis is especially debilitating. My mom is in constant pain and experiences discomfort, especially in her knees and lower legs, resulting in limited mobility.

Sadly, modern medicine has a limited understanding of this autoimmune disorder. Management of this chronic condition is limited to addressing the symptoms through some combination of corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs. Surprisingly, these drugs aren’t designed for solving the root cause of rheumatoid arthritis. They also have poor side effects and long-term use is simply not good.

Through a deeper understanding of the body and how autoimmune physiology works, I am committed to finding alternative approaches that will help my mom have a better grasp on her rheumatoid arthritis, thereby gaining an improved quality of life. I look forward to writing about this journey of healing.

Today, we started acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine approach dating back 2000+ some years. Acupuncture is an Eastern approach to pain management. While its use and popularity is limited in the US, traditional healers are convinced of its effectiveness. It entails injecting fine needles at strategic points in the body. The idea is to rebalance the qi, life force, in the body. how it exactly works isn’t explainable in traditional scientific language, but so many people report that it simply works. For my mom, the treatment plan entails 2x per week for one month to begin with, so we’ll be going back for the second treatment later this week.

Also, while I have done some initial work to clean my mom’s diet, I have some additional work remaining in this regard. I want to try out the McDougall Diet. My mom’s more receptive of dietary changes. She isn’t entirely on-board with acupuncture treatment, but I think she’ll be convinced if she experiences any level of healing. Here’s to that!

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