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In a large study of the use of acupuncture for the treatment of around 10,000 patients with chronic low back pain, acupuncture was found to be more effective than a no-acupuncture control group and relatively cost-effective....

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A Taiwanese study has compared the effects of acupressure (six treatments) with standard physical therapy ( i n c l u d i n g   p e l v i c   m a n u a l   t r a c t i o n ,   s p i n a l   m a n i p u l a t i o n ,   t h e r m o...

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An analysis of Canadian patients who had self-referred to acupuncturists for treatment for low back pain (LBP), found that they made significantly fewer visits to their physician for LBP care in the year following treatment (1.55...

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A systematic review using the Cochrane database has assessed the effects of interventions for preventing and treating back and pelvic pain in pregnancy. Authors searched the Cochrane database for randomised controlled trials of...

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A study of electro-acupuncture for chronic low back pain in horses has found that it can successfully alleviate thoracolumbar pain and that the analgesic effect persists for up to two weeks after the treatment. (Evaluation of...

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A landmark study has been published by the British Medical Journal on the treatment of lower back pain by acupuncture. 241 adults were randomly assigned to receive either standard care or ten acupuncture treatments and asked to...

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Another result from the large multi-centre German Acupuncture Trials (GERAC), suggests that both real and sham acupuncture are much more effective against chronic low back pain than conventional therapy. The patient- and...

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Electroacupuncture is an effective treatment for intervertebral disk disease in dogs. Fifty dogs with signs of thoracolumbar intervertebral disk disease were randomly allocated to receive either electroacupuncture stimulation combined with standard Western medical treatment, or standard treatment alone. The dogs receiving electroacupuncture took significantly less time to recover and start walking unassisted again. (Evaluation of electroacupuncture treatment for thoracolumbar intervertebral disk disease in dogs. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2007 Sep 15;231(6):913-8).

 

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A large American study has concluded that acupuncture for back pain results in persistent clinically meaningful improvement, which is better than that achieved with standard care. A group from Seattle carried out a large...

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Authors from Northern Ireland have published a systematic review that supports the use of acupuncture as a treatment for low back pain (LBP). Twenty-three trials involving 6359 participants were included in the meta-analysis. The...

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