Nippon Rinsho. 1992 Mar; 50(3): 563-69.
[Physical therapy and Oriental medicine applied to rheumatoid arthritis]
Department of Internal Medicine and Physical Therapy, University of Tokyo.
Since the etiology of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, etiological treatment of this disease is impossible. The most important thing is how to prevent joint destruction and maintain function. Physical therapy and Japanese oriental medicine therapy are highly useful in that meaning. In this article, heat & cold therapy, light therapy, massage, and acupuncture and moxibustion are discussed from the viewpoint of the methods of application, as physical therapy. Japanese herb medicine is also discussed along with general medicine.