Columnist: Na Kyung Choi, Ph.D, L.Ac., Bliss Acupuncture Wellness Clinic

Traditional Korean Medicine
restores our natural healing power to relieve the pain we feel

The cause of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) cannot always be traced to joints since it is an autoimmune disease that indicates an imbalance in our immunity level. The joints are where the symptom surfaces because lymphocytes in the blood are attacking and destroying the body’s flexible synovial joints.

It takes time for our body’s system to accumulate problems, and symptoms develop gradually in most cases. Thus, when we focus on the pain in the joints and treat it alone, patients become more and more alienated from the healthy being they used to be before suffering from RA.

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis either take medication early on, which manages the inflammation and pain but leads to a dependence on the medication, or neglect their diet and life style while continuing to exploit their own bodies. In both cases, most patients lack the otivation and desire to cultivate and work with the body’s natural healing power, which leads to the use of stronger prescriptions that eventually fail to control and mange the inflammation and pain.

At times, patients who visit us at Bliss Acupuncture Wellness Clinic for RA come with the intention to tap into the body’s natural healing power, but most patients have been managing their treatment for years through
medications such as anti-inflammatory analgestic drugs, adrenocortical steroids, and immunosuppressive drugs, which lead to gastroenteric trouble. Still others come because their medication or shots are no longer effective, and some want to work on their pregnancy by combining their current treatment with Traditional Korean Medicine(TKM).

TKM offers a variety of treatments for patients with different constitutions and inclinations.

Traditional Korean Medicine restores our natural healing power to relieve the pain we feel, and helps us find the path back to our healthy selves. Focusing on the symptoms alone fails to bring about healing, and a full and proper treatment focuses on restoring and strengthening the overall system of our bodies.