Ms. Kong, 38 years old, had suffered from rheumatoid arthitis for 6 years. Her finger joints, wrists and ankles were swollen and ached. The hospital examination showed that her wrist joints were stiff, finger joints were swollen, anti-0 833 units, blood sedimentation 18 mm/hr, rheumatoid factors positive criteria. She was treated with acupuncture, indomethacine and other traditional Chinese medicine, but this had no effect and she could not work. She turned to Qigong exercises, mainly practising the Longevity Exercise. Three months later, the pain died away. She went on practising Qigong for another 6 months, during which there was no relapse. She went back to work and experienced no relapse in the following 2 years.
Cervical spondylopathy is a common disease caused by the retrogressive pathological changes of the vertebra and intervertebral discs. When it attacks, the cervical nerve root, spinal cord and the soft tissue around are pressed and stimulated, resulting in pain and numbness in the neck, shoulders and arms. It is common in middle-aged and old people.
Was this article helpful?