Acupuncture doesn't necessarily cure arthritis, but it does help relieve the pain for periods of time, according to WebMD. Acceptance of the use of acupuncture in treating chronic physical ailments such as arthritis has grown due to positive research, as of 2015, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Acupuncture helps relieve arthritis pain in two basic ways. It minimizes the impact of the sources of the pain and changes the patient's perception of the pain, according to the Arthritis Foundation. One benefit is that tight or spasmed muscles are often loosened, reducing arthritis pain. Also, the stimulation from the needles causes the release of endorphins in the body, which block pain messages from reaching the brain, reports WebMD.