Arthritis in its myriad forms is one of the most common complaints which bring people to try acupuncture. There have been a number of good trials that have shown acupuncture in a positive light.
Arthritis Research UK have published a report into the effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine on musculo-skeletal pain, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and low back pain. They found acupuncture to have the most evidence of effectiveness.
Pain is one of the most common problems that motivate patients to seek help from complementary and alternative medicine. With the evidence gathered by Arthritis Research UK, I think it is clear that acupuncture could well be high on the list of therapies to try if you are suffering from some sort of arthritis. Whilst the fact sheets below, compiled by the British Acupuncture Council are very helpful, there are many more types of arthritis. If you can’t see your condition on the list below then do get in touch for more information and advice.
As well as treating patients with acupuncture for arthritis I also use my background in allergy & environmental therapy to recommend dietary changes where these are appropriate. For example, some people with osteoarthritis may have a sensitivity to foods belonging to the nightshade family. Examples of nightshades are potatoes, aubergines and tomatoes. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. A wealth of research suggests that autoimmune disease is linked to factors such as leaky gut syndrome, pro-inflammatory foods, chronic infections, and so on. There are a number of excellent protocols for autoimmune disease, including The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases, by Amy Myers.
Fact Sheets on Acupuncture for Arthritis:
Acupuncture for Arthritis, review for medical professionals:
The British Acupuncture Council also has a review paper on arthritis and acupuncture which examines the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating arthritis based on a review of the published research. This is a detailed paper of interest to medical professionals.