Tai chi can be an energy healing therapy for rheumatoid arthritis
Friday, 30 December 2011
It's not uncommon for people who live with diseases that cause pain to experience depression as well. One such condition is rheumatoid arthritis, which can cause mobility issues and, as a result, chronic low mood. However, tai chi may prove to be a psychologically beneficial energy healing therapy for these patients.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the body's immune system goes rogue and attacks the joints, causing pain, swelling and stiffness, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health. About 1.3 million Americans live with this condition.
For people seeking non-medicinal treatments to complement their prescriptions, tai chi exercises may be useful, according to dailyRx. While it is unclear whether this regimen can improve specific physical symptoms such as pain or swelling, there is some evidence that tai chi can support optimal mood, quality of life and overall function, according to the news source.
Moderate aerobic exercise, relaxation and imagery therapy can also be beneficial for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Patients may also want to consider dietary supplements such as borage, evening primrose, black currant and fish oil, according to the news source. But remember – you should always consult your physician before taking any of these supplements with your prescriptions.