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Acupuncture’s role in western medicine

Treating back pain, fibromylagia, osteoarthritis

Daniel Mazanec, MD, FACP, FACR, Associate Director, Center for Spine Health Cleveland Clinic, discusses medical acupuncture and its role in western medicine treating headache, musculoskeletal disorders including osteoarthritis.

Summary:
Acupuncture has been shown in recent studies to have efficacy in treating knee osteoarthritis.

Acupuncture has been reasonably evaluated for effective treatment of migraine headache, tension headache and headache frequency.

References and Resources:
Kim JI, Lee MS, Jung SY, Choi JY, Lee S, Ko JM, Zhao H, Zhao J, Kim AR, Shin MS, Kang KW, Jung HJ, Kim TH, Liu B, Choi SM. Acupuncture for persistent allergic rhinitis: a multi-centre, randomised, controlled trial protocol. Trials. 2009 Jul 14;10:54

Grube T, Uhlemann C, Weiss T, Meissner W. [Influence of acupuncture on postoperative pain, nausea and vomiting after visceral surgery : A prospective, randomized comparative study of metamizole and standard treatment]. Schmerz. 2009 Jun 5.

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