Rheumatoid arthritis is bad enough. The depression that often is a secondary complication just takes things from bad to worse. Anything that can reduce the painful and limiting symptoms of this overwhelming combo should be considered.
Diet, exercise and medications can bring some relief to rheumatoid arthritis symptoms but many people are looking for something more and have found some satisfaction in alternative treatments like acupuncture.
Particularly for people who are also suffering from other health conditions along with rheumatoid arthritis, like cardiovascular disease or diabetes, the treatments of diet, exercise and medications may be limited as to their effectiveness.
"Acupuncture is a common form of healing and is also used to prevent disease in many older adults. To be effective as a supportive therapy for rheumatoid arthritis, it is important to find an acupuncturist who is not only well versed in acupuncture application and trigger points for arthritic conditions, but also what special needs an elderly adult may have."