Research: VAS and colleagues,

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Abstract

VAS and colleagues, Centro de Salud de Dos Hermanas, Sevilla, Spain, jvas@acmas.com, has conducted a series of case studies on acupuncture and moxibustion as an adjunct treatment for arthritis of the knee.

Background

The aim of this observational study was to serve as a preparation for a randomized controlled trial.

Methodology

Patients who had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee were treated with weekly acupuncture. Outcome measures included pain, consumption of analgesic and anti-inflammatory medication, disability, and sleep disturbance.

Results

563 patients were treated over a period of 3 years. They were mostly elderly women. 85% of patients completed the course of treatment. Of these, 75% achieved a reduction in pain of 45% or more.

Conclusion

The degree of pain relief seen in this study warrants further study of acupuncture as an adjunct treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee.

References

Vas J, Perea-Milla E, Mendez C. Acupuncture and moxibustion as an adjunctive treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee: a large case series. Acupuncture in Medicine 22 (1): 23-28, Mar 2004.

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