Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical system of treatment that involves needle insertion to help relieve a patient's symptoms. In some people, acupuncture can help ease pain by placing needles around the site of the pain and also in other parts of the body. It is thought that inserting the needles causes the body to produce chemicals called endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers.
Acupuncture is not normally recommended for people with haemophilia, but there has been at least one successful report of it helping with joint pain caused by haemophilic arthropathy. This was done with the knowledge and support of the haemophilia team, and they should always be consulted before trying non-traditional therapy.
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