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Acupuncture is more effective for long-term relief of knee osteoarthritis than common anti-inflammatory drugs

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Researchers confirm that Acupuncture is more effective than two drugs (ibuprofen and diclofenac) for long-term relief of knee osteoarthritis pain, inflammation, and motor impairment.


If you struggle with osteoarthritis, you are probably in a habit of regularly taking medications such as ibuprofen and diclofenac in hopes of reducing the inflammation and pain. Although these medications offer some relief, their effects are consistently short term, and have been shown to contribute to kidney disease when used for longer periods of time.

Research conducted at Guangxi Lingshan County Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine has shown success in treating osteoarthritis in the knee and offering safe and consistent long-term relief by using a combination of acupuncture with herbal formulas.

In the United States, acupuncture is regularly being researched to evaluate the effectiveness of its treatments, especially as a method of treating patients experiencing pain. This particular study has shown that acupuncture offered more relief to patients with osteoarthritis than store bought anti-inflammatory drugs, and that when combined with herbal formulas, acupuncture “outperforms ibuprofen for the alleviation of knee pain, inflammation, and dysfunction.”

All of the patients in the study suffered from pain and dysfunction due to knee osteoarthritis and here is what the studies found:
  • Patients receiving ibuprofen drug therapy plus electroacupuncture, but without any herbal medicine had a 63.3% total effective rate.
  • Patients receiving a special herbal formula for knee dysfunction plus an acupuncture point prescription administered with electroacupuncture stimulation had an 86.7% total effective rate.
Both groups of patients experience relief from their pain and inflammation, but the group treated with a combination of herbal formulas and acupuncture experienced a 23.4% higher efficacy rate.

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