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Acupuncture relieves symptoms, improves physical function and improves quality of life in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, but appears to have no or very limited anti-inflammatory effect.
Tai chi appears to be safe and may be beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
A blinded randomised trial of acupuncture has compared the effect of acupuncture with that of a non-penetrating sham in patients with osteoarthritic knee pain.
A review, carried out by American researchers, of ten randomised, controlled trials (1456 participants) of acupuncture for osteoarthritis of the knee have concluded that it is an effective treatment for the pain and physical dysfunction caused by the condition.
A review of recent research into acupuncture treatment for osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee explores whether any aspects of treatment are more likely to be associated with good outcomes.
Analysis of the results of a large German randomised, controlled trial (RCT) has led to the conclusion that acupuncture can be a cost-effective adjunctive treatment for chronic osteoarthritis pain.
A large German trial has found that acupuncture is of significant benefit in controlling the pain of osteoarthritis of the hip and knee.
A small study has demonstrated that acupuncture, and particularly electro-acupuncture, appears to be effective in reducing joint pain, stiffness and swelling in rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Another German trial has shown a significant benefit for acupuncture treatment (in this case in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee), yet with no significant difference between true and sham acupuncture.
In a study of the treatment of chronic arthritis of the knee, 150 patients were assigned to receive ‘true’ acupuncture, 76 to minimal acupuncture (superficial needling at non-acupuncture points) and 76 to a waiting list control.