UW.EDU: Can an electroceutical treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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Study will test whether the nervous system can be used to modulate immune activity and reduce severity of an autoimmune disease.

This is the first large-scale trial to see if manipulating the nervous system can influence the immune system. The study reflects a growing interest in the use of electrical devices — so-called electroceuticals — to achieve effects usually requiring drugs.

“The idea that we can use our nervous system to affect our immune system is new and exciting,” said Dr. Jeff Peterson, clinical associate professor of medicine (rheumatology).