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Does acupuncture help with joint pain from rheumatoid arthritis?

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When you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), your immune system overreacts and attacks the lining of your joints. Hands, knees, and ankles are the most common places for RA symptoms.

The evidence on acupuncture’s effects for people with rheumatoid arthritis suggests that it’s worth trying. After reviewing dozens of studies, researchers said the procedure may improve everyday life with the condition and the way your joints work.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acupuncture in Depth.”

Mayo Clinic: “Acupuncture.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Acupuncture for Arthritis,” “Osteoarthritis,” “Rheumatoid Arthritis,” “Fibromyalgia,” “Gout.”

Arthritis & Rheumatology : “2019 American College of Rheumatology/Arthritis Foundation Guideline for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee.”

Evidence-Based Alternative and Complementary Medicine : “Clinical Efficacy of Acupuncture on Rheumatoid Arthritis and Associated Mechanisms: A Systemic Review.”

Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine : “Efficacy of Acupuncture on Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Meta-Analysis.”

Spondylitis Association of America: “Overview of Ankylosing Spondylitis.” 

Medicina Clinica : “Efficacy of Acupuncture in Rheumatic Diseases With Spinal Involvement: Systematic Review.”

Lupus Foundation of America: “How Lupus Differs from Arthritis.”

Current Rheumatology Reports : “Updated Review of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.”

Rheumatology : “Acupuncture for gouty arthritis: a concise report of a systematic and meta-analysis approach.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Acupuncture.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 12, 2020

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acupuncture in Depth.”

Mayo Clinic: “Acupuncture.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Acupuncture for Arthritis,” “Osteoarthritis,” “Rheumatoid Arthritis,” “Fibromyalgia,” “Gout.”

Arthritis & Rheumatology : “2019 American College of Rheumatology/Arthritis Foundation Guideline for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee.”

Evidence-Based Alternative and Complementary Medicine : “Clinical Efficacy of Acupuncture on Rheumatoid Arthritis and Associated Mechanisms: A Systemic Review.”

Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine : “Efficacy of Acupuncture on Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Meta-Analysis.”

Spondylitis Association of America: “Overview of Ankylosing Spondylitis.” 

Medicina Clinica : “Efficacy of Acupuncture in Rheumatic Diseases With Spinal Involvement: Systematic Review.”

Lupus Foundation of America: “How Lupus Differs from Arthritis.”

Current Rheumatology Reports : “Updated Review of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.”

Rheumatology : “Acupuncture for gouty arthritis: a concise report of a systematic and meta-analysis approach.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Acupuncture.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 12, 2020

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