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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.

Further reading & research

Clinical Efficacy of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials


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

Efficacy and Safety of Acupuncture Combined with Herbal Medicine in Treating Gouty Arthritis: Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

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