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Acupuncture improves quality of life for arthritis patients

Acupuncture significantly improves osteoarthritis symptoms and the quality of life of those suffering from the disease, according to a new German study.



Acupuncture significantly improves osteoarthritis symptoms and the quality of life of those suffering from the disease, according to a new German study.

The researchers from the University Medical Centre in Berlin recruited 3,553 patients with chronic pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee or hip.

They were split into three groups; the control group who received no acupuncture, the firstintervention group who received 15 sessions of acupuncture for three months and a third group who did not want to be randomisedand also received acupuncture for three months.

Each patient was followed for six months and the control group received acupuncture in the last three months, all had their quality of life measured at the beginning of the study, at three months and at six months.

Findings show that those who received acupuncture gained significant improvements in symptoms and quality of life compared with those who received only routine care. Controls showed similar improvements after only three months of acupuncture.

Arthritis and Rheumatism(2006) 54:3485-3493

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