Osteoarthritis Patients Treated With Acupuncture 
                              Show Improvement

          
Arthritis and Rheumatism - November 2006


             This study was a large randomized trial of over 3000 patients.
             Patients were treated for 15 sessions over 3 months and showed
             significant improvement in the 'osteoarthritis index.  Improvement
             was still persistent 6 months later at re-evaluation.

             This study was not double blinded, but the results led the authors
             to conclude that 'in patients with chronic pain due to OA of the
             knee or hip who were receiving primary care, addition of
             acupuncture to the treatment regimen resulted in a clinically
             relevant and persistent benefit'.




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