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3 Clinical Studies on Acupuncture

by Sara Putman, LAc, LMT - Acupuncturist | Charleston, SC

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  •  Acupuncture for osteoarthritic pain study (Department of Internal Medicine II; Munich, Germany) - Statistically significant and clinically relevant improvements were seen in all subgroups both after [acupuncture] treatment and at 6 months in all major outcome measures. In patients with osteoarthritis of the hip, the WOMAC sum score was 47.9 +/- 20.7 at baseline, 34.8 +/- 20.0 after treatment and 33.1 +/- 22.2 at 6 months. The respective values in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee were 51.7 +/- 20.9, 34.1 +/- 23.3 and 34.6 +/- 25.1.

Conclusion: In this study, patients with chronic pain due to osteoarthritis reported clinically relevant improvements after acupuncture treatment.

Conclusion:  These results suggest that acupuncture at the most painful point gives immediate relief of low back pain.

  • Efficacy of Acupuncture in postoperative oral surgery pain - After surgical third molar extractions 19 patients were randomly assigned to an acupuncture group (n=11) or a placebo acupuncture group. The length of time for reaching moderate pain and pain intensity after oral surgery were recorded by standard patient self-report.

Conclusion: The results indicated that subjects treated with acupuncture reported longer pain-free duration times (mean, 181 versus 71 minutes; p≤0.046) and experienced less pain intensity than those who received placebo acupuncture.