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Acupuncture is effective in treating chronic pain following spinal cord injury (SCI) according to research carried out at the Department of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School. Twenty-two patients with SCI who suffered moderate...

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In this German study, 174 patients with chronic low back pain (lasting longer than 6 weeks, and with no pending compensation claims) were randomly assigned to receive either i. True acupuncture plus conservative orthopaedic...

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A German study into the treatment of chronic back pain has compared the benefits of: 1: true acupuncture plus conservative orthopaedic treatment, 2: sham acupuncture plus conservative orthopaedic treatment, 3: conservative...

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The US Agency for Healthcare Policy & Research and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine have awarded a $1 million grant to study acupuncture as a treatment for chronic lower back pain. The 100-patient...

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A Taiwanese study randomly assigned 146 chronic lower back pain patients to receive either standard physical therapy or fifteen-minute acupressure treatments (six treatments over four weeks for both groups). At the end of the ...

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In a study into the potential benefits of acupuncture for chronic low back pain in the elderly (over 60 years old), 23 patients were randomised to receive their normal care (NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, paracetamol and back...

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A Brazilian study which compared the levels of low back and pelvic pain in women treated by acupuncture compared to non-treated controls, found that the acupuncture group showed a greater reduction in overall pain, maximum pain...

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A meta-analysis of 33 randomised controlled trials of acupuncture has concluded that it can effectively relieve chronic lower back pain. Specifically it was found to be more effective than sham acupuncture and no additional...

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A randomised controlled trial compared manual and electrical stimulation of the same auricular points (lumbar spine, shenmen and cushion). 61 adults with chronic back pain (more than 6 months) that did not respond to non-steroidal...

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In this Swedish study, 72 pregnant women (24-37 weeks) suffering pelvic or low back pain were randomly assigned to an acupuncture group or a control group. Traditional acupuncture points and ahshi points were needled (with deqi...

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