The pain of chronic diseases such as arthritis, tendonitis, and fibromyalgia can often be lessened by the use of acupuncture and other Oriental methods. Modern medications for these disorders commonly cause side effects that are not seen with acupuncture treatment. Symptoms associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia, such as problems sleeping, fatigue, and depression, can also respond to skillfully applied acupuncture.
Muscular or joint symptoms which worsen with weather changes are also common. The use of moxabustion or dietary treatment can be very helpful for relief in this area. Exercise is also important to rehabilitate the joints and muscles, but it is necessary to relieve the pain to the degree necessary for the patient to begin an effective program of strengthening. The gentle movements of qi gong, tai qi, or yoga are an excellent foundation for more vigorous exercises with resistance bands or free weights.
Reflexology is a serious advance in the health field and should not be confused with massage.