Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints. It can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, and fatigue. There is no cure for RA, but there are treatments that can help manage the symptoms.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions, including RA. Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. These points are believed to be connected to the body’s energy pathways, or meridians. When needles are inserted into these points, it is believed that they can help to balance the body’s energy and reduce inflammation.
There is some evidence that acupuncture can be effective in treating RA. A 2018 systematic review of randomized controlled trials found that acupuncture was effective in reducing pain and improving function in people with RA. The review also found that acupuncture was well-tolerated and did not have any serious side effects.
Another study, published in 2019, found that acupuncture combined with conventional RA treatment was more effective than conventional treatment alone in reducing pain and improving function.
The evidence suggests that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for RA. If you are considering acupuncture for RA, it is important to talk to your doctor first. They can help you decide if acupuncture is right for you and can recommend a qualified acupuncturist.
If you are interested in learning more about acupuncture for RA, please visit our website or call us today. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and help you find a qualified acupuncturist in your area.