Acupuncture is widely used to treat pain and inflammation, which makes it particularly well suited to treating many types of arthritis
How can acupuncture and Chinese medicine help?
Acupuncture has been shown to work in numerous systemic and local ways, include stimulating micro-circulation, suppressing inflammation and stimulating changes in chemical messengers that the body uses to regulate itself; such as neuropeptides which have systemic effects and play a role in controlling inflammation, immunological responses and pain reception.
How many treatments will I need?
A course of acupuncture treatment will usually range from between 6-12 treatments. After this, it will become evident how responsive the individual is to acupuncture and a plan for maintenance treatments or ongoing support can be discussed. Acupuncture is not the whole solution, and it is recommended it is used alongside other treatments such as analgesics, exercise, physiotherapy and surgery as needed.
Additional Reading & Research
Arthritis New Zealand
Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Acupuncture Stimulation via the Vagus Nerve
Pain management with acupuncture in osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis: a general review.
Anti-inflammatory activity of traditional Chinese medicinal herbs
Update on the Clinical Effect of Acupuncture Therapy in Patients with Gouty Arthritis: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis