Acupuncture, Moxibustion Beat Drug for Knee Arthritis Pain

Living with knee arthritis pain can be debilitating. As one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders, knee arthritis in the form of osteoarthritis affects millions of people each year. Knee osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage in the knee joint gradually degenerates, leaving knee bones bare. Without cartilage, knee bones rub together and produce painful bone spurs. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat pain from knee osteoarthritis (KOA). While NSAIDs can work to reduce pain, they aren’t the best solution to treat KOA pain. According to a recent medical study, acupuncture combined with moxibustion is more effective in treating knee osteoarthritis than NSAIDs.  

For professional Gainesville acupuncture, contact Gainesville Holistic Healthcare today. Our expert acupuncturists in Gainesville, FL provide acupuncture and moxibustion services that effectively relieve pain from knee arthritis.

How NSAIDs Work

These over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs are analgesic by virtue in their ability to inhibit the pain receptors. NSAIDs can quickly relieve inflammatory pain caused by joint arthritis. In addition, most NSAIDs are available for purchase without a prescription. Despite these benefits, NSAIDs only provide short-term pain relief and the side effects associated with their persistent use often outweigh any benefits they provide. Regular consumption of NSAIDs can lead to heartburn, indigestion, stomach ulcers, hypogonadism, and skin rashes, among other health issues. Fortunately, individuals with knee osteoarthritis can opt for holistic solutions to effectively treat pain without the negative side effects of NSAIDs.

Benefits of Gainesville Acupuncture & Moxibustion

Warm needle acupuncture and moxibustion has been used to effectively treat pain for thousands of years in Chinese medicine and is gradually being incorporated into western medicine. In treating knee osteoarthritis pain, the combination of acupuncture with moxibustion is proven to provide benefits that NSAIDs simply cannot compete with, such as improved knee bone structure, reduced inflammation, accelerated knee cartilage repair and lasting pain relief, without risk of negative side effects. For acupuncture Gainesville locals can count on, call us to schedule an appointment today!


This ancient Chinese medicine allows natural, pain-fighting endorphins to be released by inserting thin needles into specific points throughout the body. Other benefits of acupuncture include:

  • Increasing circulation
  • Stimulating the body’s ability to self heal
  • Promoting the release of natural painkillers
  • Reducing the effects of chronic pain
  • Diminishing stress levels


Moxibustion is the therapeutic burning of the Mugwort herb to facilitate healing by warming the tissues and increasing circulation in the body. There are two methods to moxibustion, including direct and indirect applications that increase circulation to a specific area of the body, such as knee joints, centralize natural healing agents and anti-inflammatories. Benefits of moxibustion include:

  • Decreasing swelling
  • Reducing pain
  • Promoting healthy circulation
  • Treating digestive issues
  • Promoting natural painkiller release

When used in combination, acupuncture with moxibustion provide long-term, natural, effective pain relief for individuals with knee osteoarthritis and other acute and chronic pain conditions. While pain-relief with NSAIDs offers short-term pain relief and anti-inflammatory benefits, the side effects attributed to regular consumption make these drugs an unsustainable option for treating chronic pain.

Acupuncturists in Gainesville, FL
For professional acupuncture in Gainesville, FL locals look to Gainesville Holistic Healthcare for expertise. Acute and chronic pain doesn’t have to be an ongoing side effect for individuals with knee osteoarthritis. Gainesville Holistic Healthcare provides a variety of services, including acupuncture and moxibustion, for promoting health, wellbeing and holistic pain management services. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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