The use of acupuncture in the management of rheumatoid arthritis: a case study

Cai, Lang and Bowen, Catherine Jane (2004) The use of acupuncture in the management of rheumatoid arthritis: a case study. The International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 11, (4), 176 - 178.


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Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic inflammatory disease of unexplained cause, with no known cure. Medications used for disease control are far from innocuous and being aware of toxicities becomes an integral part of life for the person with this disorder. Acupuncture, as a part of traditional Chinese medicine, offers a different view to health and illness from that of Western medicine and has been used in the treatment and prevention of disease for thousands of years. In this case study, a patient with an 8-year history of rheumatoid arthritis achieved a satisfactory result after being treated with acupuncture. This indicates that acupuncture could be useful in the management of this disease. However, more studies are needed to evaluate the active role of acupuncture in this field.

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Keywords: rheumatoid, rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis, therapy, rehabilitation
Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Superseded (SOHPRS)
ePrint ID: 17846
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Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:33

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