The word arthritis means ‘inflammation of the joints’ - a condition involving pain, swelling, heat, stiffness and sometimes redness of a joint. Arthritis is so widespread that an entire chapter in Professor Yoland Lim's book 'Your Body is Your Doctor' is dedicated to this non-discriminatory and ancient chronic crippling disease. It affects multiple levels of society, traditionally including Egyptian pharaohs, through to others in their, and our society.
Professor Yoland Lim states that whilst climatic conditions of 'dampness' and changing weather in the world may be contributing to the high incidence of arthritis, in his opinion diet is a greater cause. The optimal diet for arthritis should be curated to avoid obesity whilst maintaining good healthy nutrition. Professor Yoland Lim's management program has treated a number of patients over the last nearly 50 years.
This program consists of three steps:
The elimination and cleansing process is the most important. The body becomes a storehouse of junk which has been deposited in the cells. It is vital that your body has a 'clean' foundation to build on. Through time, whether it be from dietary factors, or chronic overuse, or a genetic component, just like a building, our foundations must be strong. The cleansing process initially involves a calm mental approach.
The building up process may incorporate physical and breathing exercises, which are known to improve circulation, increase oxygen intake thereby bringing more nutrients to the cells for repair and dissipate unwanted metabolites. The building up process involves a positive physical and mental approach to health. A nutritious fresh food diet may be prescribed along with other medications.
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care's medical approach (Fong Yang Therapy) is to work in conjunction with fellow medical practitioners and specialists with a general medical holistic patient centered approach to help co-ordinate and integrate care of the patient, including wellbeing, stress, and mental health in addition to acupuncture.
Doctors who are up to date with medical research in the benefits of acupuncture, know there is a famous and well respected Vickers Trial, which was a "Systematic review...with a total of 17,922 patients analysed. Conclusions: Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain" https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3658605/
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is considered the most serious form because of its long, chronic course and the severe disability it may cause. It affects three times as many women as men. Usually worse in the morning and has stiffness lasting up to several hours, but gets slightly improved with movement.
Typically RA progresses slowly affecting similar joints on both sides of the body simultaneously namely Metacarpophalangeal (knuckles) and Distal Interphalangeal (outer) finger joints, wrists and elbows. In the early stages, the joints grow puffy, painful and stiff. The inflammation soon begins to damage cartilage in the joints. Initially flare-ups of joint pain may quieten down for weeks at a time, but the inflammation usually always returns and finally becomes chronic.
After several months to years, it moves into a second stage. Hard nodules form under the skin near the affected joints.
The acute inflammation may quieten down but joint damage may become progressively more sinister. Continuing muscle spasm may dislocate and twist the finger joints. Typical signs include ulnar deviation (outward) displacement of fingers, ‘Z deformity’ of the thumb and boutonniere and swan neck deformity of the fingers. Knees or hips (delayed in 50%) can become so crippled that they can’t bear weight or even be moved without extreme pain.
The disease may start immediately after some severe physical or emotional shock, such as an internal infection or a significant emotional event.
RA is an auto-immune reaction where the patient’s own natural immune defences attack the linings of the joints as if they were a threatening foreign body. Professor Yoland Lim Health Care may order pathology tests looking for ‘rheumatoid factor’ which is positive in 70-80% of patients and ‘anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) which is very specific fpr RA (positive in 96% of patients).
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the commonest arthritis and is a degenerative joint disease occurring in 10% of the adult population with 50% of over 60 year olds having it. Sooner or later, if you live long enough, you are likely to encounter this. It affects both men and women equally.
For some it is only a minor, occasionally disabling irritation but for others it may be a continual source of distress.
Unlike RA, OA joint involvement is not necessarily symmetrical. Pain and stiffness gets worse by the end of the day and worse with activity. It feels better after resting and worse in cold and damp conditions.
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care may advise on daily range-of-motion exercise, such as its Fong Yang Therapy Exercises but vigorous exercise is cautioned against as this may do more harm to already damaged joints.
Since many people with OA simply can’t engage in regular exercise, weight control becomes even more important. But a 'crash diet' that may harm the rest of the body is not advisable. What is needed is a balanced nutritional diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat or other protein and some non-sugary cereal foods and dairy products in small enough quantities to achieve a gradual consistent weight loss.
Gouty Arthritis is an abnormality of monosodium urate (Uric Acid) crystals which abnormally deposit in joints. With proper treatment, good symptomatic control of the disease can occur although the underlying condition is incurable.
Uric Acid is a natural chemical waste product in our body. It may be caused by too much alcohol, starvation and certain prescription medications (such as diuretics). When predisposed patients consume too much seafood, cheese, beer and wine, the precursor for uric acid, purines are in excess. When uric acid can’t be metabolised sufficiently in our body nor excreted in our urine (some people have ‘inborn metabolic errors’ preventing this) it results in excruciatingly painful joints, predominantly, but not limited to the big toe of our feet.
Up to 8% of men get this, and are usually in their 40s-50s.
Treatment of gout requires medicines to fight inflammation and get rid of the excess uric acid
Although the ‘big three’ – rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gouty arthritis account for the vast preponderance of arthritis, there are also other forms.
An example is that there are several forms of juvenile (child) arthritis, different from the adult form, which can commence from infancy through to late adolescence, and beyond.
There are no ‘miracle diets’ for arthritis. A balanced, nourishing diet is advised and designed to keep the body strong and at its proper weight. Certain kinds of arthritis may involve special dietary considerations. Some people with rheumatoid arthritis may feel ill, stop eating and lose weight.
People with osteoarthritis tend to become inactive because of joint pain and thus gain weight. A sensible reducing diet (not a sudden crash program) may be required. Patients with gout may have to cut back their intake of certain meats, shellfish or alcohol.
It depends on the kind of exercise, and the kind of arthritis.
In active rheumatoid arthritis, the painful stiff joints tend to freeze up. They must not be allowed to do so. Each affected joint should be mobilised and if possible through its complete range of motion, at least twice a day – with the aid of another person if necessary.
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care has developed gentle exercises which will be tailored for your treatment. Walking and swimming also may form an important part of the treatment.
Relieving the joints of unnecessary work is an important part of treatment, but these joints must not be allowed to be totally immobile.
Arthritis treatment program may involve:
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care also recommends:
i) Balanced fresh food diet
ii) Eliminating sugar, flour, chicken and tinned and pre-packaged food from the diet while
iii) Increasing daily consumption of fresh vegetables.
A positive calm mental approach, exercises, and physical and breathing exercises may be advised to improve circulation and increase oxygen distribution.
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our busy and demanding jobs, especially any with repetitive movements, it makes our society highly susceptible to Repetitive Strain Injuries.