objective: to sort out the research status and hotspots of acupuncture and moxibustion treating RA, provide relevant information for researchers in this field, and promote the development of this subject. Methods: the related literature of acupuncture and moxibustion treating RA in CNKI database was taken as the research object, and the relevant data were drawn by CiteSpace scientific knowledge graph tool. Results: a total of 736 articles were included in the relevant literature. after the summary and analysis of high frequency keywords, five research hotspots were summarized.Conclusion: Acupuncture and moxibustion treatment of RA has many methods, complex mechanism, more animal experimental research and less clinical research. It can reveal its essence and promote its development with the help of new science and technology.