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Acupuncture for Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Path to Pain Relief and Improved Quality of Life

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the joints and connective tissues. It is characterized by joint pain, inflammation, stiffness, and fatigue. While there is no cure for RA, there are treatments available that can help to manage the symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.

One of the complementary therapies that is gaining popularity for the treatment of RA is acupuncture. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. It is believed to work by stimulating the body’s natural healing system and restoring balance to the body’s energy.

Evidence Supporting Acupuncture for RA

A growing body of research suggests that acupuncture may be an effective treatment for RA. A review of 43 studies found that acupuncture was associated with improvements in pain, joint function, and quality of life in people with RA. Another study found that acupuncture was more effective than sham acupuncture for reducing pain in people with RA.

How Acupuncture May Work for RA

There are several possible mechanisms by which acupuncture may work for RA. One possibility is that acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relievers. Another possibility is that acupuncture helps to reduce inflammation, which is a key factor in RA.

What to Expect from Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture treatments typically last about 30 minutes. During treatment, you will be lying down or reclining in a comfortable position. The acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific points on your body. You may feel a slight prick when the needles are inserted, but most people do not find acupuncture to be painful.

Acupuncture for RA: What the Experts Say

The Arthritis Foundation has stated that “there is some evidence to suggest that acupuncture may be helpful for the management of pain and function in people with RA.” The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has also stated that “acupuncture may be helpful for the management of pain and other symptoms of RA.”

Is Acupuncture Safe for RA?

Acupuncture is generally considered to be safe. However, there are some potential side effects, such as bruising, bleeding, and pain at the needle insertion site. In rare cases, acupuncture can cause more serious side effects, such as infection or nerve damage.

Begin with a Consultation

If you are considering acupuncture for RA, it is important to begin with a consultation. Call 410-847-4766 today.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment option for many people with RA. If you are looking for a natural way to manage your pain and improve your quality of life, acupuncture may be worth considering.

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