British Medical Journal

Author: Amber Huntzinger, Laura Coughlin
Date: March 1, 2005

* Don't be afraid of needles--especially if you suffer from arthritis pain. A study published in the British Medical Journal shows that acupuncture may be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee. Researchers gave 97 patients older than age 45, who had never received acupuncture, the anti-inflammatory medication diclofenac and either authentic or placebo acupuncture treatments. The same certified professional performed all acupuncture procedures, using needles with adhesive ends that didn't penetrate the skin during the placebo procedures. Those who received the true acupuncture took less medication and reported better knee function at the end of 12 weeks.

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