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Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

  • By Lac294

    Hi, I saw in a recent article about what helps people with pain and someone mentioned Chinese herbs given to them by an acupuncturist. I am not sure if that person is still on the boards but if anyone has experience with this I am curious. I am getting acupuncture which does help and taking tons of supplements. I have changed my eating completely which also helps but continue to have episodes of traveling swelling and pain. It is not near as bad as two months ago and I have not taken Advil in a month. I was given some herbs but of course always worry about safety of any product. If anyone has any feedback or specific formulations (there are TONS of Chinese options) I would appreciate it. I am not on any DMARDS. My next step would be LDN if this doesn’t work. Thanks!

  • By Erin Rush Moderator

    Hi Lac294! I do hope you get some feedback from the community on this topic. I will say that it’s always a good idea to check with your physician before starting any new treatment options. And, as you know, any treatment may work quite differently for each person. Also, it’s good discuss any herbs you may take, to make sure they will not interact with any medications you may be taking. Here is some information on natural treatments, including herbs, which may help with certain RA symptoms — I hope this helps! Best, Erin, Team Member.

  • By Piano14

    Hi Lac294,
    I have tried different Chinese teas recommended by an acupuncturist. I used them for about a year when I was first diagnosed along with acupuncture and deep tissue massage. Unfortunately for me, they didn’t work. It seemed to have the reverse effect as the tannins in the tea made my muscles contract so tight I had problems lifting my arms. The acupuncture just triggered my fibro. The only thing that helped was the massage. Everyone’s different, so I hope you find what works for you. 🙂