Arthritis and Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating fine filiform needles into specific points on the body with the aim of relieving pain and for therapeutic purposes. While it has been a subject of active scientific research since the late 20th century, its effects are not well-understood, and it remains controversial among researchers and clinicians. For osteoarthritis, reviews since 2006 show acupuncture to be more effective than no treatment at all, but approximately as effective as sham acupuncture (wherein needles are inserted in points that, according to acupuncture theory, should not be effective). ...more from Wikipedia
- There are no side effects from treatment.
- Needles are inserted all over the body, not just directly over the affected area.
- A 1997 study found that this treatment "may be useful" when combined with standard medical care.