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ACUPUNCTURE IN HEALTH NEWS
STUDY RECOGNIZES ACUPUNCTURE AS EFFECTIVE
landmark study published in The Annals of
Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health has
finally provided objective proof that Acupuncture provides real hope and help
for those suffering from osteoarthritis.
The study team enrolled
570 patients aged 50 or older with osteoarthitis of the knee. Participants were
randomly assigned to receive one of three treatments: Acupuncture, sham
acupuncture, or participation in a control group that followed the Arthritis
Foundation’s self-help course for managing their condition.
joining the study, patients’ pain and knee function were assessed using
standard arthritis research survey instruments and standard measurement tools.
Patients’ progress was assessed at 4,8, 14, and 26 weeks. By week 8,
participants receiving Acupuncture were showing a significant increase in
function and by week 14 a significant decrease in pain, compared with the sham
and control groups. These results held through week 26. Overall, those who
received Acupuncture had a 40% decrease in pain and a nearly 40% improvement in
function compared to baseline assessments.
the first time, a clinical trial with sufficient rigor, size, and duration has
shown that Acupuncture reduces the pain and functional impairment of
osteoarthritis of the knee,” said National Center for Complementary and
Alternative Medicine Director Stephen E. Straus, D.C. “These results also
indicate that Acupuncture can serve as an effective addition to a standard
regimen of care and improve quality of life for knee osteoarthritis sufferers.
“More than 20 million Americans have osteoarthritis. This disease is one of the most frequent causes of physical disability among adults,” said Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Director. “Thus, seeking an effective means of decreasing osteoarthritis pain and increasing function is of critical importance.”
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