Study shows that Osteoarthritis of the knee improves with acupuncture.

In 2005, the University of Maryland recently released its results of a study of 570 people diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis.  The study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  The participants were divided into three groups.  One group received 23 acupuncture treatments over 26 weeks where nine acupuncture points were utilized.  The first control group, received sham acupuncture.  The second control group participated in 6 group education sessions on the self-management of arthritis and received printed materials.

By week 14, the acupuncture group noted less pain, and by the end of the study, pain scores in the group decreased more than twice as much as the education group.  The acupuncture group also experienced dramatic improvement in knee function.  The researchers stated that their results “demonstrated that true Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is safe and effective for reducing pain and improving physical function in patients with symptomatic knee ostearthritis who have moderate or greater pain, despite background therapy with analgesic or anti-inflammatory therapy”.