What is Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Zhao TCM help Rheumatoid
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?
RA is an autoimmune disorder
inflammation of the lining of the
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
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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Flare up after delivery.
• If you are trying to get
pregnant, acupuncture
is safe for you.
RA Evaluating Symptoms for
• During 2-6 weeks
treatment, you do
comparison of these
• 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
• 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
• An MRI or ultrasound
may be done to help
detect joints reducing
of damage and
inflammation after the

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