While there are several types of arthritis osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common types seen by acupuncturists. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
There is compelling evidence for the use of acupuncture and moxibustion (application of heat using a dried herb) treatment for patients with osteoarthritis.
The evidence for rheumatoid arthritis is more conflicting, however it appears likely that some people may benefit from acupuncture by means of reduced pain and improved mobility. More research is needed.