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Acupuncture Relieves Knee Osteoarthritis — New Study
Reported in TMblr, researchers conclude that acupuncture has a significant curative effect on patients with knee osteoarthritis. This condition often involves joint pain, swelling, stiffness, decreased range of motion and the formation of bone spurs. More than 27 million people in the U.S. have osteoarthritis with the knee being one of the most commonly affected areas. In this recent study, the researchers from a community hospital in Beijing treated 200 cases of knee osteoarthritis using acupuncture. The overall effective rate was 98%.
During the electroacupuncture treatment, researchers used different needling methods such as local single-needle puncture and local multi-needle puncture. Electroacupuncture was primarily applied using low frequency continuous waves. The type of the wave and intensity was chosen dependent upon patient tolerance
Among the 200 patients receiving treatment, 64 patients (32%) fully recovered, 112 patients (56%) showed marked improvements, 20 patients (10%) showed moderate improvements and four patients (2%) showed no improvements. The overall effective rate was 98%. Based on the outcome, the researchers concluded acupuncture is effective for treating knee osteoarthritis. The article was published in
Journal of Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Clinical Medicine)
Comment: The debate continues. I think acupuncture may be a helpful ancillary treatment for pain but I don’t see any evidence that it modifies disease.