[Acupuncture in treatment of inflammatory rheumatic diseases]

Z Rheumatol. Jan-Feb 1997;56(1):8-20. doi: 10.1007/s003930050016.
[Article in German]


Seventeen studies were examined with regard to efficacy and scientific quality of acupuncture in rheumatoid arthritis, spondarthropathy, lupus erythematosus, local and progressive systemic scleroderma. Acupuncture cannot be recommended for treatment of these diseases. By far, the most studies examined failed to show sufficient quality.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / therapy*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Scleroderma, Localized / therapy*
  • Scleroderma, Systemic / therapy*
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome