6800 Fleetwood Rd., Suite 110

McLean, VA 22101

Phone Number:

(703) 372-2646


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Can acupuncture help treat rheumatologic disease?

Yes, there is accumulating evidence that acupuncture helps relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis including morning stiffness and improves functionality and well-being.  How does it accomplish this? Acupuncture has anti-inflammatory effects (it acts as an immunomodulator - it changes the immune system without suppressing it)

How frequently will I need acupuncture/cupping treatments?

This is highly individual but the following general guidelines can be provided:

  • Most patients require 5 visits, spaced a week apart to find the best treatment for their condition.  

  • Chronic conditions may require a longer course of acupuncture therapy (by comparison, an acute condition may respond quickly to acupuncture/ cupping).  

Once the best treatment is determined, we work on extending the length of relief. Some may then return on a regular basis to maintain relief or with the change of season (4 times a year).

Any recommendations before/after my acupuncture treatment?

  • Keeping well-hydrated is important before and after acupuncture and cupping. 

  • Avoid alcohol, excessive caffeine, heavy meals, and heavy exercise the day of the treatment. 

How do acupuncture and cupping work? 

There are countless research studies to investigate this question and books have been written synthesizing all of the various lines of evidence on how acupuncture and cupping exert their therapeutic effects. Therefore, the answer is complex and cannot fit in a FAQ section.

Some book recommendations to learn more :

The Spark in the Machine - Dr Daniel Keown

The Web that has no Weaver - by Ted Kaptchuk 

Some medical literature : 

The medical perspective of cupping therapy: Effects and mechanisms of action

Do you treat chronic and terminal illness?

Yes, the anxiety and stress associated with chronic and terminal illness can be treated best with acupuncture rather than more medication.