Acupuncture for Rheumatoid Arthritis: What to Expect for First-Timers


Mariah Van Horn

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Mariah Van Horn

Mariah Van Horn is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified herbalist practicing at Acupuncture Atlanta.

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are looking to manage and relieve their pain may not realize acupuncture is an option to consider.

Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the general goal of acupuncture is to resolve energy imbalances within the body that can cause pain and inflammation. In the case of RA specifically, acupuncture can also address the immunological components of the disease.

Your acupuncturist will determine the best way to treat you based on your diagnosed condition and specific symptoms. For example, acupuncture for someone with RA will differ from acupuncture for someone with insomnia. But even between two people with RA, the treatment will vary depending on which specific joints are bothering you and what kind of pain you’re experiencing.

Acupuncturist Mariah Van Horn discusses the benefits of treating RA with acupuncture therapy.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Feb 16, 2015

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