Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that is associated with a trained acupuncturist sticking thin needles into the body at specific pressure points to relieve pain. In reality, the treatment can mean stimulation of acupuncture points throughout the body in various ways such as heat, herbs, magnets, and manual pressure. It is based on the theory of returning balance and harmony to the “qi” (pronounced “chee”), or life energy, that flows through the body.

There is no widely accepted evidence that acupuncture will help pain, depression, and weight gain for all, but many lupus patients feel that the treatment has helped them. Although the science waivers on this subject, many studies have shown acupuncture may be beneficial for people with lupus.

As always, before making any changes to your treatment plan, consult your doctor first.