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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2020 Aug 26;22(10):61. doi: 10.1007/s11926-020-00938-z.

Sara Baig 1, Dana D DiRenzo 2

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1 Johns Hopkins University, 5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle/Asthma & Allergy Building, Suite 1B.1, Baltimore, MD, 21224, USA.

2 Johns Hopkins University, 5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle/Asthma & Allergy Building, Suite 1B.1, Baltimore, MD, 21224, USA. ddirenz1@jhmi.edu.

Abstract

Purpose of review: Despite advances in pharmacologic management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) remains popular adjuncts to therapy among patients for ongoing symptomatology.

Recent findings: Mind-body interventions are becoming increasingly popular, including yoga and meditation. Randomized controlled trials have found these interventions to be helpful regarding pain, mood, and energy in RA patients. Other CAM modalities, such as natural products, special diets, acupuncture, and body-based therapies, also continue to be used by RA patients with limited evidence for efficacy and safety. While there are numerous CAM interventions available, the data is very limited at this time with only low-quality evidence supporting various therapies. Medical providers are more open to the addition of CAM in their patients and require increased education on the topic. Additional research needs to be conducted in order to provide evidence-based recommendations to our patients.