Health and Wellness

Acupuncture! How does it help YOU?

Recently, I was asked by a friend who is a medical doctor to help him gather significant clinical information on the benefits of acupuncture. Now, I would like to share this information with you, so together we can discover the risks and benefits of acupuncture.

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Although there have been lots of rumors regarding the efficacy of acupuncture, the bottom line is there have been extensive studies conducted on acupuncture, especially for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, and headache. However, researchers are only beginning to understand whether acupuncture can be helpful for various health conditions.

Here are two top-notch research studies demonstrating the clinical significance of acupuncture.

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Acupuncture for chronic knee pain

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25268438

DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS:

Zelen-design clinical trial (randomization occurred before informed consent), in Victoria, Australia (February 2010-December 2012). Community volunteers (282 patients aged ≥50 years with chronic knee pain) were treated by family physician acupuncturists.

CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE:

In patients older than 50 years with moderate or severe chronic knee pain, neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function. Our findings do not support acupuncture for these patients.

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Acupuncture for neck disorders

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27145001

DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS:

Of the 27 included studies, three represented individuals with whiplash-associated disorders (WADs) ranging from acute to chronic (205 participants), five explored chronic myofascial neck pain (186 participants), five chronic pain due to arthritic changes (542 participants), six chronic non-specific neck pain (4011 participants), two neck pain with radicular signs (43 participants) and six subacute or chronic mechanical neck pain (5111 participants).

CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE:

Moderate-quality evidence suggests that acupuncture relieves pain better than sham acupuncture, as measured at completion of treatment and at short-term follow-up, and that those who received acupuncture report less pain and disability at short-term follow-up than those on a wait-list. Moderate-quality evidence also indicates that acupuncture is more effective than inactive treatment for relieving pain at short-term follow-up.

 

 

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