Acupuncturist Questions Arthritis

Does acupuncture relieve arthritis pain?

I'm 47 years old, and I have arthritis in my hands. My friend told me that acupuncture can help me with my arthritis pain. Is this true?

31 Answers

Yes, of course. Not only relieve, but can gradually and clinically cure it.
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It is true! Arthritis will never be cured completely but the acupuncture needles bring fresh blood to the area, relieving pain by nourishing the joint. Acupuncture is most effective for pain management in the case of arthritis.
Yes, acupuncture can treat arthritis with herbs, and also other conditions, too.
I agree with your friend. Acupuncture works to assist your body out of patterns of pain and into patterns of change. In my practice I have treated arthritis and been successful.
Yes, acupuncture is used to promote healthy circulation in the body which is why it is so effective in treating pain of any kind. In any type of arthritis, circulation is key to improving the pain. I would also recommend stretching and deep breathing; "yoga breaths" or "belly breaths" will also help get oxygen to the extremities and better circulation.
It can help
Arthritis can be quite tricky to treat, to be honest. It depends how much damage is done, how long you have had it, what repetitious activities you do that may worsen it, what kind of environment you live and work in that can affect it and so on. Have you had any other treatment for it in the past? Do you take any supplements/medications to relieve the pain currently? Also, things like poor sleeping habits, poor dietary habits, stress, lack of movement can negatively affect arthritic pain. I think it's important to start with taking supplements like calcium with vitamin D, or Glucosomine, to your doctor about what works best for you. Also dietary changes like avoiding sodas, alcohol, caffeine and eating more leafy greens, fruits and calcium rich foods is a good start. Getting proper rest, incorporating a regular exercise program into your daily schedule, even if only 15 minutes a day, all of these things can start to improve bone pain and increase bone density over time. That being said, there is no guarantee that acupuncture in itself will take care of arthritis, but acupuncture alone, without any work to improve your health on your end, will not be enough unless you invest in taking better care of your body. Even if you do eat well, are not overweight, exercise and have good sleep habits, all of us can always improve and make positive lifestyle changes. Good luck!!
Yes, acupuncture can reduce the inflammation and slow the progression of deterioration.
Thank you for your interest in acupuncture. Yes, acupuncture helps with pain in any part of our bodies. Acupuncture brings the body into balance so it can heal itself.

Hi Dear,

Yes, acupuncture does help with the ease of arthritis pain.

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Thank you for your inquiry.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory systemic illness that affects the whole body, especially the joints and it is also an autoimmune disease. Treating RA requires a multidisciplinary approach to care and acupuncture treatment can provide you the holistic treatment where not only symptoms are treating but help you to thrive by address pain, improve function and recommends lifestyle changes.

According to a recent research review published last year in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine concluded “acupuncture alone or combined with other treatment modalities is beneficial to the clinical conditions of RA (rheumatoid arthritis) without adverse effects reported and can improve function and quality of life and is worth trying.”

Acupuncture is a valuable adjunct therapy for those suffering from arthritis pain. Acupuncture treatment aids to alleviate pain by produce endorphins, which inhibit the perception of pain naturally. Additionally, local acupuncture treatment deactivates trigger points and improving the circulation of blood to reduce inflammation in the system.

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Acupuncture has good chance to control your arthritis. We have done this for 37 years. We have the experience and the equiptments to do so.

Yes. Acupuncture does help with the pain and inflammation related to arthritis in the hands.


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Yes, Acupuncture can be tremendously helpful in relieving arthritic pain.
Yes acupuncture can help with arthritis in the hands. It is also good to know what makes the arthritis worse; weather/humidity, cold, heat, dryness, and so forth.
Yes, WHO already posted on their website.

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Yes, this is true.
Yes, acupuncture and herbs can help arthritis. I would also suggest becoming gluten free as gluten is an inflammatory and has been directly linked to arthritis.
Yes, your friend told you the truth. With acupuncture and Chinese herbs, they can help you.
Be well, be confident, we can help.
Yes, there are many studies on arthritis with satisfying results. You can google or search on google scholar on this subject.
I treat all kinds of pain patients every week. including arthritis pain Arthritis is a western term, but in Chinese medicine we can differentiate various root causes of this pain and can treat the body accordingly. The practitioner may use needles or moxa (a warming technique) or may use electric stimulation or suggest an herbal plaster or formula, etc. Most likely there will be a combination of these tools used. We have a large variety of tools in our system to help you recover from this.

Please go soon, the longer you let things linger the harder they become to treat. You should start to feel relief after your first treatment, but if not let them have a few more tries - if they don't work, do try another practitioner because just like any other field, some practitioners do better than others. So, with that you may want to look up someone who has experience with arthritis, but again, most practitioners are very good at relieving all types of pain.

Good luck and enjoy.
Absolutely. Acupuncture is very effective in treating many different types of pain but arthritis is a special one to us. We actually have 4 different diagnoses for the general western diagnosis of "arthritis." That different understanding helps us to treat the condition better than simple anti-inflammatories and pain killers. We can also teach you home remedies and exercises that will be helpful in preventing and treating flare ups.
Chinese medicine has such a thorough understanding of arthritis, that joint pain falls under a special category called "Bi Syndrome." Acupuncture along with Chinese herbal formula has helped improve many types of joint dysfunction for centuries.

A main reason for acupuncture’s successful treatment of arthritis results from the traditional way of viewing the body from it’s root imbalances. It restores the flow of qi and blood to increase joint mobility, while releasing any “pathogenic factors” (wind, cold, damp or heat) that cause pain and inflammation. Mechanisms of pain reduction include increasing the body’s natural pain-reducing chemicals (endorphins), blocking pain signals from the nervous system to the brain and generally relaxing body and mind. When appropriate, a practitioner will also apply heat through a far-infrared lamp or a Moxa stick (dried mugwort) to increase the success of the treatment.
Yes! Acupuncture can decrease inflammation in the body. Arthritis in the hand is inflammation that occurred in the hands.
Acupuncture treats all kinds of pain problems including arthritis. I have treated many patients with this condition with great success. Arthritis, is a western medical word, so in Chinese medicine we have a variety of names for what we call "root causes" of the issue called 'arthritis". With a differential diagnosis the treatment plan varies according to the root cause.

So, your practitioner may use needles or may use moxa (a warming treatment) or may use electric stimulation or may suggest and herbal paste or herbal soak or herbal formula to drink or take in a pill form or may have some other strategy - most likely there will be a combination of things done.

We have many tools in our medicine to help patients get the relief they need. Some treatments may work right away or some may take a while depending on how your body responds, how chronic the problem is or other such variable issues all medical fields deal with.

I suggest you find someone in your area who is experienced with arthritis, but again, most all practitioners know how to treat pain issues. Let them treat you a few times if the relief doesn't come right away - if you don't like them, you are free to go find another practitioner that suits you better. Just like any other service it is important that you feel comfortable working with the one providing the service, not all acupuncturists are alike.

You want to start soon if you're choosing to see us, as with any other health issue, the longer you take to get it taken care of the harder it is to help you.

Good luck and enjoy.
Yes, acupuncture will probably be able to help with your arthritis pain. It might take a few visits, but generally within 3-5 treatments most folks start to experience pain relief.