A new study of acupuncture — the most rigorous and detailed analysis of the treatment to date — found that it can ease migraines and arthritis and other forms of chronic pain.
The findings provide
strong scientific support for an age-old therapy used by an estimated
three million Americans each year. Though acupuncture has been studied
for decades, the body of medical research on it has been mixed and mired
to some extent by small and poor-quality studies. Financed by the National Institutes of Health and carried out over about half a decade,
the new research was a detailed analysis of earlier research that
involved data on nearly 18,000 patients.
The researchers, who published their results in Archives of Internal Medicine,
found that acupuncture outperformed sham treatments and standard care
when used by people suffering from osteoarthritis, migraines and chronic
back, neck and shoulder pain.
Source - New York Times