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Do meditation, biofeedback, massage, or acupuncture help with rheumatoid arthritis treatment?

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Studies show that meditation and biofeedback lower pain for some people and help them handle it better. Massage may ease your stress, cut stiffness, and make your joints hurt less. Research shows that acupuncture can be helpful for other conditions, but it's not been well-studied for rheumatoid arthritis.

These methods may not work for everyone, and it's a good idea to talk to your doctor first -- especially if you want to take any herbs or supplements, because some could affect your medications.

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): "Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicines. A Guide for Adults."

Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis Today: "Why Skipping Medications is a Bad Idea" and  "Coping with an Arthritis Flare."

Arthritis Foundation: "How to Care for Yourself."

Chen, Y.  NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, published online 2006.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and CAM" and "Acupuncture for Pain."

Up-to-Date Patient information: "Rheumatoid arthritis treatment." 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on June 29, 2018

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): "Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicines. A Guide for Adults."

Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis Today: "Why Skipping Medications is a Bad Idea" and  "Coping with an Arthritis Flare."

Arthritis Foundation: "How to Care for Yourself."

Chen, Y.  NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, published online 2006.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and CAM" and "Acupuncture for Pain."

Up-to-Date Patient information: "Rheumatoid arthritis treatment." 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on June 29, 2018

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