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Acupuncture: Can It Help My Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory systemic illness that affects the whole body, especially the joints. It is also an autoimmune disease, which means that the immune system in the body, usually responsible for fighting off infections, also mistakenly begins to attack healthy tissue.

One of the most common symptoms of RA is joint pain. People suffering from pain conditions, such as RA-related joint pain, may be interested in trying acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is not a cure for RA, but it may provide some temporary relief of RA-related joint pain. Read more

Acupuncture and Arthritis

Poking needles under your skin doesn’t exactly sound soothing, but some people swear by the use of acupuncture for their rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Such anecdotal evidence suggests this therapy might be effective in relieving RA discomfort. Yet with few good-quality studies available, proving acupuncture’s safety and benefit has been a challenge.

Many reviews of studies done so far have not found a statistically significant benefit on pain, swollen joints or other measures of disease when compared to a control treatment. Many of the studies that did find positive outcomes weren’t well conducted. Yet there has been enough potential noted for this therapy that researchers say it warrants further study. Read more