When acupuncture was added to the treatment of elderly arthritis patients with knee pain due to arthritis, their condition improved significantly, The University of Maryland reported.. The randomized clinical trial, performed at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, determined whether acupuncture was a clinically safe and effective therapy for older patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. The study addressed these questions: Would the addition of acupuncture to conventional therapy produce an added measure of pain relief? Would the effects of acupuncture last for 4 weeks following the end of treatment? Would acupuncture have any side effects? Patients who received acupuncture had significant pain relief and showed improvement in function. Those who did not receive acupuncture showed no significant change. No patients reported side effects from any acupuncture therapy session.
A documentary “9000 Needles” is bringing acupuncture to more main stream attention. The documentary follows Devin Dearth, a 40-year-old former bodybuilder, to China, where he is treated with acupuncture after suffering a massive stroke.
The film was shown at several of last year's film festivals, including the Gotham Independent Film Awards, where it was a finalist. It is directed by Devin's brother, Doug Dearth. He spent three-and-a-half months filming in Tianjian, China, where Devin participated in a comprehensive stroke rehabilitation program that included frequent acupuncture treatments. 9000 Needles tells a inspiring story of how Devin's family and local community helped to embrace the acupuncture solution that offered their loved one the most benefit. Doug Dearth says he hopes the film will improve perceptions and accessibility of acupuncture in the U.S.
ACUPUNCTURE is as effective as popular painkillers for treating disabling conditions such as arthritis, according to a ground-breaking new study on Acupuncture.
A team of scientists from two British universities made the findings on Acupuncture after they carried out brain scans on patients while they underwent Acupuncture treatment.
Doctors found that the part of the brain that manages pain and the nervous system responded to acupuncture and improved pain relief.
Dr George Lewith, from the University of Southampton's Complementary Medicine Research Unit, "The evidence we now have is that acupuncture works very well on pain."
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