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Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are painful and debilitating diseases of the joints. This article describes acupuncture and turmeric’s beneficial effects on people who suffer with these chronic conditions.

Acupuncture proves beneficial for Arthritis and Rheumatism

Published: 11-November-2006
Dr. Joseph Mercola |

How to Beat Arthritis Naturally With Acupuncture, Turmeric

A pair of studies in the same journal (Arthritis and Rheumatism) suggest that acupuncture and an extract of turmeric (a spice found in curry) may both offer significant pain relief to arthritis patients.

These results indicate that acupuncture plus routine care is associated with marked clinical improvement in patients with chronic OA-associated pain of the knee or hip.1

A German research team found that a combination of acupuncture and conventional medicine can increase the quality of life of osteoarthritis patients.

Meanwhile, American researchers found that a special turmeric extract, composed largely of chemicals called curcuminoids, can prevent both acute and chronic rheumatoid arthritis.

In experiments on rats, the turmeric extract appeared to block inflammatory pathways associated with rheumatoid arthritis. As for acupuncture, the study of some 3,500 subjects showed that chronic osteoarthritis patients who received it in addition to their more traditional care showed marked improvement, with only 5 percent experiencing minor side effects.

Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis in the United States, is a progressive degeneration of bone cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis is an immunological disorder leading to painful inflammation of the lining of the joints.

Nearly one in five Americans, a total of 46 million, suffers from some form of arthritis. Another 23 million have undiagnosed chronic joint pain. Some 40 percent of arthritis patients in the United States have turned to alternative medicine to help them with their pain.


  • Arthritis and Rheumatism November 2006; 54(11): 3452-3464 (turmeric)
  • Arthritis and Rheumatism November 2006; 54(11): 3485-3493 (acupuncture)1
  • iVillage October 30, 2006

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