Rheumatol Int. 1983 ; 3(4): 151-2.
The use of 'alternative treatments' by patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
In a study of 199 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, 68% were found to have tried 'alternative treatments'. Some treatments (acupuncture and faith healing) gave subjective benefit in nearly half those who tried them and were considered to be better than others (such as copper bracelets). No adverse reactions were reported. 'Alternative treatments' play an important role as self prescribed therapy in rheumatoid arthritis and their use should not be ignored nor underestimated.