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Is acupuncture good for osteoarthritis?

I am a 45 year old female and I have osteoarthritis. Is acupuncture good for osteoarthritis?

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Acupuncture with massage and herbs are good for most conditions, including osteoarthritis. I suggest you try it.
yes. I encourage you to book a session with your practitioner of choice to get help with relief.
Yes absolutely.
Very effective for OA.
It'd be very helpful to treat OA.
Yes, acupuncture is very good for osteoarthritis. Acupuncture helps release the tension in the nerves for people with osteoarthriritis.
Acupuncture can help with pain and inflammation from arthritis but it will depend upon lifestyle factors. For instance, if you are doing too much repetitive action/movements despite feeling better, than you probably won't see good results. It is important to not only rest after acupuncture, but limit or stop the action that's being overdone. I had a patient that got great results with arthritic pain from playing tennis. He felt so good, that he started playing again 3-4 times a week. He later complained it wasn't helping. He did not rest adequately or at all, even, and he was unwilling to slow down his number of days playing or the intensity with which he played. We have to understand and accept our limitations and act accordingly. If you are in your forties, chances are you cannot do the things you used to and you will have to either find a new way to exercise and re-evaluate what you are doing and maybe change the mechanics of your activity. A physical therapist or personal trainer can help identify these problematic repetitive motions that will only add to your pain and retrain you on proper body mechanics.
In addition, proper nutrition, enough deep, restorative sleep and stretching properly will help with muscle and bone repair. Non weight-bearing exercise is advised by professionals, as weight bearing can cause undue stress on bones/tendons/muscles and only worsen your arthritis. Talk to your doctor or nutritionist about what is recommended for activity level and nutrition for your age and BMI. Good luck!
It certainly can be. You might also try going gluten free because gluten can cause inflammation in the body which can show itself as osteoarthritis.

Acupuncture does help with pain and the root cause of the osteoarthritis. Please consult your local acupuncturist.


Scott Sang In Lee
Osteoarthritis. Even though patients offer anecdotal evidence that acupuncture has helped them, most studies have found acupuncture offers minimal pain and stiffness relief for osteoarthritis (OA).
Acupuncture and herbal medicine can provide some support to patients who are suffering from Osteoporosis. The treatment can actually help with bone calcium reabsorption and reinforcing the joints. Acupuncture will provide an increase of blood flow to the muscles, joints and bones and herbal medicine can help balance and support the physiological route that is
supposed to provide the normal bone density.

Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Yes, it works very well.
Acupuncture has be shown to be effective in increasing mobility and decreasing pain in osteoarthritis.
We have treatments for osteoarthritis with acupuncture, but they don’t directly affect the physical aspects of the disease and I warn my patients that it isn’t a cure or reversible, but can help prevent further damage as well as improve the quality of life. Just like glucoasamine supplements, we have herbal supplements that combined with acupuncture will have the greatest synergistic effect. Consult your primary care provider for your condition, but most likely a lifestyle change of health, diet, and exercise (like tai chi) should provide the best outcome.

Live Happy,

Yes. Acupuncture treatment is good for osteoarthritis. I have gotten good results for 30 years with acupuncture.

Thank you for your interest and inquiry. Yes. Acupuncture can help to improve swelling, pain and stiffness caused by Osteoarthritis. Please consult with licensed acupuncturist.
Thank you.
Yes. When you are in pain from Osteoarthritis, acupuncture can be good to help you. But you need to find a good acupuncturist.
Acupuncture treatment for osteoarthritis could reduce the pain and other symptoms.
Yingchun Chi
Yes, acupuncture is a great alternative method for reducing inflammations and pain, and able to slow down the progress of deterioration of joints. Also side effect is minimum.
Shuko Ward DAOM, LAc., Dipl.OM, FABORM
Acupuncture is good for osteoarthritis.
Acupuncture is an excellent way to relieve OA- osteoarthritis. It releases endorphins from your brain which is your own body's morphine.
Yes, acupuncture is good for osteoarthritis, it can help this condition.
Acupuncture is great for pain management of any sort, especially for arthritis and we have many natural Chinese herbal remedies that will support your pain management as well.
Yes. Acupuncture can be very effective in treating the causes and symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Yes, many studies have proved the efficacy of it. It will reduce inflammation of joints and pain, which is what pharmaceuticals try to achieve.
Yes, generally speaking acupuncture is a good treatment option for osteoarthritis - particularly if we're talking about pain management.

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