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What should I do if I want to try acupuncture?

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Before you schedule an acupuncture session, talk to your doctor first. They can review all of your conditions to make sure acupuncture is a good idea for you.

To find an acupuncturist, look for national acupuncture organizations, which may have a list of providers for your area. Most states require some type of license. Make sure you choose someone who has valid credentials.

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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