There have been several studies examining the efficacy of acupuncture and the results have been mixed because of complexities in design study and size, so a consensus has not been reached.
An NCCAM-funded study recently showed that acupuncture does provide pain relief, improves function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, and serves as an effective complement to standard care.
This article (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4493011.stm) describes a study by British scientists that did show proof that acupuncture works, separating the benefit out from a placebo effect.
Another study showed that patients undergoing acupuncture experienced a 44% decrease in pain and 40% improvement in mobility.
A study by George Lewith found “that in a group of 124 patients aged 18 to 80 those given acupuncture over 12 weeks reported a 72 per cent drop in neck pain, while those given sham treatment reported a 60 per cent reduction.”
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