Is acupuncture safe and effective for rheumatoid arthritis?
Is acupuncture safe and effective for rheumatoid arthritis? Evidence-based answer: Acupuncture does not reduce pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) compared with sham acupuncture (SOR: B, systematic reviews of limited quality RCTs). In contrast, electroacupuncture may be more effective than sham acupuncture (SOR: C, small, limited quality RCT). Acupuncture with moxibustion may be equal to NSAIDs in reducing pain (SOR: B, systematic review of limited quality RCTs). Evidence is insufficient to assess the safety of acupuncture therapy (SOR: C, systematic review of RCTs and case reports).
Evidence-based practice 20, no. 2 (2017): E10