Sent to: South Wales Evening Post and Western Mail
Dear Editor – I was interested to read the article on arthritis written by Dr Anwen Williams, senior academic and deputy director of postgraduate research at Cardiff University.
Dr Williams’ statement ‘there is no cure for arthritis’ is misleading. It may be true that orthodox medicine has yet to find an effective treatment but that is not to say one does not exist.
We have treated a great number of patients over the years, presenting with arthritis in varying forms – rheumatoid, osteoarthritis and poly-arthritis, to name a few. In many cases, the disease is linked to problems within the digestive system which allows toxic matter into the bloodstream, triggering an inflammatory response. We have found the condition is very responsive to both herbal medicine and acupuncture, leaving patients free of symptoms and able to live unrestricted lives.
Dr Williams implies that a number of drugs would need to be developed for the many and diverse types of arthritis. This seems an unlikely solution as the cost of their development and production by the pharmaceutical industry would be extortionate. These large and profit driven companies are interested in one drug for one disease, thereby vastly increasing profit margins. With the NHS struggling for funding this is a cost that would unlikely be afforded. Also to be considered: When does a pharmaceutical medication come without side-effects? What health sacrifices is one to make for the sake of another drug?
I agree with the statement that there are ‘several hundred diverse types of arthritis…. so we are unlikely to find one magic bullet to cure all forms of arthritis.’ From experience this is true of all diseases – there is no one ‘cure-all’. The cause of disease must be established in each separate case and the medicine tailored to the individual. At The Herbal Clinic this is achieved through an in depth consultation and herbal medication produced from organic herbs in our on site laboratory. We welcome any case of arthritis as the results of treatment are profoundly satisfying.
The Herbal Clinic in Swansea provides natural healthcare with the use of organic herbs, acupuncture and iridology.