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Acupuncture is a promising therapeutic option for the management of radicular pain of discogenic origin, according to Turkish researchers.

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A Spanish multicentre trial investigating acupuncture for the treatment of acute back pain has found real, sham and placebo acupuncture to be effective, with all three better than conventional treatment alone.

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Indian researchers have found that electro-acupuncture effectively relieves pain and improves autonomic status in patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP).

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A Chinese research group has found that acupuncture at Hegu L.I.-4 is significantly more effective for the treatment of chronic low back pain (CLBP) than standardised acupuncture, especially in the long term

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Yoga is a more effective treatment for chronic lower back pain than conventional GP care, according to the UK’s largest ever study into its benefits.

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The first pragmatic randomised controlled trial of tai chi for people with low back pain has shown that it can improve pain and disability outcomes in this population.

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Patients with low-back pain (LBP) are less likely to visit physicians for LBP after receiving acupuncture treatment, leading to reduced healthcare spending on LBP. In a case control study carried out in Canada, 201 cases in which...

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Patients with low-back pain (LBP) are less likely to visit physicians for LBP after receiving acupuncture treatment, leading to reduced healthcare spending on LBP.

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An overview of systematic reviews of acupuncture for rheumatic conditions has found relatively clear evidence to suggest that it is effective for osteoarthritis (OA), low back pain and lateral elbow pain, but ineffective for...

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The relationship between patients’ expectations of acupuncture and their outcomes may be more complex than previously believed. When US investigators analysed data from a randomised trial of acupuncture for chronic back pain, they...

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