Dr. Zhao TCM help Rheumatoid Arthritis. • • • • • • • • What is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)? RA is an autoimmune disorder inflammation of the lining of the joints. The body tissue is mistakenly attacked by its own immune system. RA may also affect the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, blood, or nerves. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disorder, The disease can worsen over time and may never go away. Early, Acupuncture and herbs treatment is key to slowing or stopping its progression. Dr. Zhao TCM Treating RA • The goal of treatment is to reduce joint inflammation and pain, prevent joint damage, and maximize joint function. • Acupuncture and herbs formula to balance immune system, stop immune attacks around the joints. • Stop the progression of the affected joints. • Improving the symptoms and lab test in 2-6 weeks. The treatment should be started as early as possible. RA Symptoms • Joint’s with pain, warmth, and swelling. • Joint stiffness. particularly in the morning or after periods of inactivity. • Ongoing fatigue, and low-grade fever. Who Gets Rheumatoid Arthritis? • Affecting about 1% of the U.S. population and more in Canada. • Strikes between ages 3060, but younger and older people can also be affected. • RA occurs three times more often in women than in men. • Other risk factors include cigarette smoking and family history. RA's Toll on the Joints • Inflammation of the lining of the joints • Destroy cartilage and bone • Deformity of the joints. • Joints can develop considerable pain and loss of function. Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) • Juvenile RA is the most common type of arthritis in kids. Like adult RA, it causes joint inflammation, stiffness, and damage. However, it can also affect a child's growth. Juvenile RA is also known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis. "Idiopathic" means no known cause. RA and Pregnancy • Rheumatoid arthritis improves in up to 80% of women during pregnancy. • Flare up after delivery. • If you are trying to get pregnant, acupuncture is safe for you. RA Evaluating Symptoms for Comparison • During 2-6 weeks treatment, you do comparison of these symptoms. • Morning joint stiffness • Swelling/fluid around several joints at the same time. • Swelling in the wrist, hand, or finger joints RA Blood Tests For Comparison • Blood tests for markers of inflammation in the body. • Rheumatoid factor (RF) • Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP). RA Imaging Tests for Comparison • X-rays are helpful in comparison later as Dr. Zhao TCM treatment of RA. • An MRI or ultrasound may be done to help detect joints reducing of damage and inflammation after the treatments.