Treating lupus

What do I need to know about acupuncture and lupus?

Dr. Cynthia Aranow is co-director of the Clinical Trials Unit of the Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disease at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, NY. Dr. Aranow’s current research focuses on the brain’s involvement in lupus.

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There is no proof that acupuncture will universally help with pain, depression and/or weight gain. However, there are many people who feel that acupuncture has helped them and, as such, may be a treatment modality worth considering. The best way to proceed would be to learn as much as you can about the treatment, speak to your physician about its appropriateness, and then get recommendations for a qualified practitioner, preferably someone who previously has worked with people with lupus.

Medically reviewed on July 21, 2013