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Articles Summary:
  ● Acupuncture Found Valuable in Treatment of Knee Pain
  A British study, which focused specifically on acupuncture’s cost-effectiveness in treating chronic knee pain, concluded that one-third of patients with knee osteoarthritis and who were candidates for total knee replacement surgery had achieved long-term symptom relief after two years.

Adrian White et al (2012) “Group acupuncture for knee pain: evaluation of a cost-saving initiative in the health service”, Acupunct Med2012;30:170-175 doi:10.1136/acupmed-2012-010151


  Acupuncture is Effective for Chronic Pain
  Individual patient data meta-analyses were conducted using data from 29 randomized controlled trials, with a total of 17,922 patients analyzed. As a conclusion, acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option. Significant differences between true and sham acupuncture indicate that acupuncture is more than a placebo.

Andrew JV et al (2012) “ Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis”, Arch Intern Med. 2012;():1-10. Doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3654.


  ● Reduction in Days of Missed Work due to Migraine
  120 patients with migraine without aura were randomly assigned to an acupuncture group (AG) or a conventional drug therapy group. AG patients received acupuncture twice a week for a maximum of thirty treatments. Four sites in Italy, two hospitals and two university public centers provided the acupuncture, the two university sites also provided the pharmacological therapy, severity and frequency of headache and days of missed work were evaluated 12 months after admission. The AG had an absence rate of 1120 working days per year while the drug therapy group had a total absence rate of 1404 working days per year.

Liguori A et al (2000) “Comparison of pharmacological treatment versus acupuncture treatment for migraine without aura”, J Trad Chin Med 20:231-240


  ● Acupuncture Treatment Results in Avoidance of Surgery, Fewer Hospital Visits and Greater Return to Employment
  69 patients with severe angina pectoris received 12 acupuncture treatments in 4 weeks. Patients were also instructed to perform shiatsu 2x/day and received counseling in stress reduction, exercise and diet. Of the 49 patients who were candidates for coronary bypass or balloon angioplasty surgery, 30 had surgery postponed by the 2-year follow-up due to clinical improvement.

Ballegaard S et al (1996) “Cost-benefit of combined use of acupuncture, shiatsu and lifestyle adjustment for treatment of patients with severe angina pectoris”, Acupunct Electro-Ther Res 21:187-197


  ● Acupuncture Treatment Results in Decreased Days in Hospital or Nursing Home
  Half of 78 stroke patients receiving standard rehabilitative care were randomly chosen to receive adjunctive acupuncture treatment. Patients given acupuncture recovered faster and to a greater extent, spending 88 days/patient in hospital and nursing homes compared to 161 days/patient for standard care alone.

Johansson K et al (1994), “Can sensory stimulation improve the functional outcome in stroke patients?”, Neurology 43:2189-2192


  ● Acupuncture Treatment Results in the Avoidance of Surgery
  29 patients with severe osteoarthritis of the knee, each awaiting arthroplasty surgery, were randomized to receive a course of acupuncture treatment or be placed on a waiting list to receive similar acupuncture treatment starting 9 weeks later. Of the 29 patients, 7 were able to cancel their scheduled surgeries.

Christensen BV et al (1992) “ Acupuncture treatment of severe knee osteoarthrosis: a long-term study”, Acta Anesthesiol Scand 36:519-525




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