Is acupuncture effective for arthritis pain?
Yes! Healthcare professionals from NIH, The Arthritis Foundation, and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, agree that acupuncture provides a very safe, effective, and minimally invasive pain treatment option for many.
When an acupuncture point is stimulated by an acupuncture needle a cascade of events starts off, producing a signal that travels to the brain. Then triggering a release of neurotransmitters called endorphins and enkephalins, which reduce the sensation of pain.
Research also shows that the insertion of an acupuncture needle encourages the release of cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that helps control inflammation.
Does acupuncture work for rheumatoid arthritis?
Yes. A review of 43 studies reported in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative medicine, concluded that acupuncture is beneficial and helps relieve symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis and can improve function and quality of life. The review discussed several ways acupuncture effects rheumatoid arthritis, including its anti-inflammatory properties, anti-oxidative effect, and regulation of immune system function.
Does acupuncture work for knee arthritis?
Yes. I have found that patients with this issue respond well to electro-acupuncture, where I conduct a mild electrical current through the ultra-thin acupuncture needles. With mild cases, a limited number of sessions elicits good results. However, when arthritis is more advanced, ongoing acupuncture will be needed.
A good amount of clinical studies support acupuncture’s ability to relived pain associated with osteoarthritis, particularly in the knee. One study of 18,000 people found acupuncture to be extremely beneficial for chronic pain conditions including knee osteoarthritis.
Does acupuncture work for arthritis?
Yes, acupuncture is very effective at treating clinical symptoms of arthritis. In addition to the beneficial effects acupuncture has on inflammation, studies show that acupuncture induces the release of endogenous opioid endorphins (chemicals that the body releases to reduce pain).
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