Rheumatoid Arthritis - Other Treatment
Other types of treatment that may
help you control some of the symptoms of
rheumatoid arthritis include:
Although not proven in scientific studies, complementary therapies are
used by many people to relieve symptoms and
improve their quality of life. These therapies include:
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- Acupuncture. This treatment is used to
relieve pain and treat certain health conditions. It is done by inserting very
thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body.
- Massage. It can help relieve stress and reduce
pain. But don't massage swollen or painful joints.
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
This therapy uses electrical current delivered through electrodes to
the skin for pain relief.
- Herbs and dietary supplements. If you decide to
use herbs or dietary supplements, be sure to tell your doctor.
- For some people, herbs (such as ginger or
evening primrose) or essential fatty acids (such as fish oil) may provide some
relief of symptoms.10
- The dietary supplement glucosamine is sometimes used to
try to relieve joint pain. But studies don't show that it is effective for rheumatoid arthritis.11
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 14, 2011
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