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Can acupuncture really help arthritis?


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July 15, 2015 6:42PM

The National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse acknowledges acupuncture as an established method for stopping arthritis pain for short periods of time. Researchers believe that the needles stimulate deep sensory nerves that tell the brain to release natural painkillers (endorphins). Note that acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but pressure is applied to the acupuncture sites instead of needles.

A first visit to an acupuncturist usually costs between $50 and $125. Expect follow-up visits to range from $30 to $80. Physicians generally charge a little more. .

Acupuncture is one of the CAM therapies that are more commonly covered by insurance. However, you should check with your insurer before you start treatment to see whether acupuncture will be covered for your condition and, if so, to what extent. Some insurance plans require preauthorize for acupuncture.