Some of these treatments may help you move more easily and deal with the stress and pain of arthritis. But in some cases, not much is known about how safe they are or how well they may work.
Be sure to tell your doctor if you're using a complementary or alternative therapy or if you're thinking about trying one. He or she can discuss the possible benefits and potential side effects of these treatments and whether any of these treatments may interfere with your standard care. For example, some dietsupplements and herbal medicines may cause problems if you take them with another medicine.
AcupunctureAcupuncture involves putting very tiny needles into
your skin at certain places on your body to relieve pain. Research
has shown that, for most people, acupuncture doesn't help arthritis symptoms.
But some people find that it helps relieve their pain for
a short time.5, 6