The largest and longest controlled and randomized phase III clinical trial of acupuncture ever conducted, their study followed the progress of 570 patients age 50 or older, with osteoarthritis of the knee. Prior to the study, every participant had significant pain in their knee the month before the study, had never experienced acupuncture, had not had knee surgery in the past six months and had never used steroid injections.
During the study, patients continued to see their primary care physicians and continued to take their routine medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs and COX-2 selective inhibitors. Divided into three groups, one group received “sham” acupuncture, one group received real acupuncture, and the control group followed the Arthritis Foundation’s Arthritis Self-Help course.
By eight weeks, the group receiving acupuncture was showing a significant increase in function and by week 14 a significant decrease in pain, compared to the sham and control groups.
Overall, those receiving true acupuncture had a 40 percent decrease in pain and nearly 40 percent improvement in function. Nearly 20 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, while only an estimated 2.1 million adults in the U.S. use acupuncture. The practice of acupuncture, inserting needles into specific body points to improve health and well-being, originated in China more than 2,000 years ago.
In addition, the combination of Chiropractic treatment with acupuncture is even more beneficial. Chiropractors check all body biomechanics to make sure that a problem in another area of the body, for example low back, or feet, could not be contributing to further degeneration of the knees. We look at the big picture, not to mention Nutrition to the joints to assist the patient in lowering inflammation which causes pain.
And one important thing, NO SIDE AFFECTS.
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