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Can acupuncture help with arthritis in the hands?

I am a 40 year old female with horrible arthritis. Can acupuncture help with arthritis in the hands?

33 Answers

Acupuncture can be very good for treating arthritis. I definitely recommend it.
Yes, but If with herbs, it will be faster.
Yes, it can.

Yes, it may be helpful.
Yes, acupuncture can be effective treatment to reduce pain and gain some flexibility of hands and regaining soft texture.
While it can do little for joint changes in the hands, acupuncture can be quite effective for the relief of arthritic pain. Consult with an acupuncturist to get a prognosis, and then, pursue treatment if it seems promising for you.
Acupuncture can help reduce the pain experienced by the deformity caused by arthritis. It will also help to decrease inflammation around the bones and protect against further damages to the different joint structures.

Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Good day,

Thank you for your question. In, general acupuncture has been found to be helpful with osteoarthritis and muscular skeletal pain.
Hope that you can find a skilled acupuncturist that can help.

Kind Regards,

Dr. B
Yes, acupuncture stimulates your internal pain relief to help with many issues related to pain. However, if your beneficial bacteria in your gastrointestinal system are reduced due to excessive antibiotic use or other causes, your internal pain relief may be diminished since the bacteria in your gut assist with the production of internal pain relievers such as endorphins or dynorphins. Acupuncture also stimulates the blood circulation to the areas of the body where the needles are placed. There can also be inflammation in the body that presents as pain in different joints related to different foods that the patient is sensitive to. Additionally, pain in the joints of the hand could also be related to exposure to chemicals, if for instance, the patient utilizes cleaning materials for their job or employment.

Al Thieme, LAc, MAOM, MSEE
There are acupuncture treatments for arthritis. Of course, how chronic and severe your condition is will determine the treatment. But we do also have herbal ointments that my patients have found very effective for relief. A very common ointment is Zheng Gu Shui that penetrates to the bone; only topical!

Live Happy,

Yes, it can! Arthritis, simply put, is inflammation of the bone. There is a reason why there is inflammation and it’s is not genetic. You may be have a more predisposed weakness to have arthritis versus the person next to you, but it doesn’t not mean you have to have it. Inflammation is the root of all illness and pain. The reason for it is because blood is not circulating
optimally to the areas of arthritis. Acupuncture helps stupendously with that! It brings your body back to balance in the most natural way possible, by using your own, self-programmed healing mechanism which everybody is equipped with!
Yes, acupuncture is very effective in treating arthritis

Glenn R. Williams, D.C., L.Ac.

You are very young to have arthritis. Acupuncture can help reduce or stop the arthritis getting worse. For your age, it seems your also need life style change, such as drinking water...etc. Please find someone locally to help you ASAP. The cold weather and weather change might cause more achy.
Hope you are feeling well in no time.

Jonathan Fang, Lic. Ac
Very helpful. After 20 years of Eastern Medicine Practice, I can qualitatively say yes, it's effective.
Thank you for th inquiry. Acupuncture when combined with Chinese herbs and proper nutrition can be very effective in treating arthritis. I help a lot of patients in the clinic suffering from arthritis, literally in a daily basis.

I hope this answers your question. Happy Thanksgiving !!!!
Yes. Acupuncture can help reduce pain and swelling from arthritis but the only thing could be discomfort is that acupuncture on hands would be more painful than other parts of body even though we use tiny disposable needles.
Acupuncture can help with arthritis in the hands.

Yours in health,

Arthritis in the hands can be alleviated by Acupuncture and herbs. I do recommend that you have a visit to your Acupuncturist.

Be well, be confident, we can help.
Yes - not easy to fix but definitely can help. Need at least 6 sessions close together
Yes, acupuncture is suitable for any arthritis, including RA.
It is very helpful for arthritic pains of all sorts. I have treated hand, feet, shoulder and knee arthritis problems with great success.

You would need to find a licensed practitioner - not a DC or PT who "does acupuncture too". Find a Licensed Acupuncturist in your area - pretty much any one of them will be helpful for you, so find one that you feel comfortable with. You can always move to a different one if you don't like your first choice, but again, pretty much any trained L.Ac. can be very helpful to you.

Good luck.
Yes, it can help.
Acupuncture is very effective in treating all types of arthritis throughout the entire body. I would suggest trying a ginger soak to alleviate the immediate pain:

Boil fresh ginger in water for about 5 minutes. Once the water has cooled but is still warm, soak 2 pieces of cloth in it and then wrap your hands with the cloth. The warmth will penetrate into your joints and alleviate the pain. However, it can burn your skin! If you feel burning pain, add more water and try again.
Yes, acupuncture can treat arthritis in the hands, as well as other arthritic pain in the body.
Yes, acupuncture can heal up hands arthritis.
Acupuncture can definitely help relieve the pain associated with arthritis - no matter the location. Without knowing the type of arthritis you are experiencing (osteo or rheumatoid) and how long you've had this problem, it's hard to say more.

For the best results, please make sure you're seeing someone who is licensed as an acupuncturist in your state. Outside of CA, you can use's "Find a Practitioner" lookup to get folks local to you.