Naturopaths, Massage, Nutritionists, Acupuncturists & Osteopaths in Brisbane

Acupuncture treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis


Is Rheumatoid Arthritis keeping you from doing all the things you want to do?

At Vibe Natural Health in Brisbane, we combine Western and Eastern medical traditions in our fully integrated clinic, when we work with complicated cases, we often apply a co-care approach with our medical doctors, osteopath, chiropractor and naturopath.

Many people affected by rheumatoid arthritis (RA) experience frustration and can be overwhelmed with the condition. Because RA is an auto-immune disease, many clients can feel confused as to how their body can repair, when it seems that their own body is working against them. This can lead to a feeling of futility, and ultimately apathy in having the condition treated, with many simply accepting that the condition and its effects are a part of life, something to be endured.

Reviews on acupuncture for Rheumatoid Arthritis consisted mostly of weak positive evidence or conflicting evidence between reviews or between authors within a review, with reviewers summarising the evidence as inconclusive.

What can Acupuncture do for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

According to the Western medical perspective, acupuncture has been proven to:

  • Acupuncture has clearly identified mechanisms of pain relief and is well known as a therapy for pain management. By delivering analgesia via alpha-adreno-receptor mechanisms
  • Acupuncture has been scientifically documented to reduce inflammation in arthritic joints by promoting release of vascular and immune-modulatory factors
  • Acupuncture promotes a healing response to local areas through vasodilation, allowing for a greater influx of cells required for repair to affected areas of the body.
  • Chinese herbs provide adjunct relief as a natural alternative to anti-inflammatory and pain medication.
  • Relieve stress and promotes wellbeing, thereby facilitating recovery - by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins

What to expect

You will receive a hands-on treatment to provide initial pain relief. Your consultation will include the insertion of fine needles in acupuncture points to improve blood flow and circulation within the body, this relaxes the nervous system and encourages your internal opioid receptors to provide an analgesic effect so that you experience pain relief.

As with all medical intervention some risk is involved, however acupuncture is considered a safe modality when conducted by a skilled Acupuncturist. Our Acupuncturists are gentle, compassionate, experienced and effective and our treatment rooms are some of the most modern and relaxing in Brisbane.