And the longer the treatment period, the greater the benefits.
The review team from Canada concluded that there is evidence to support the use of acupuncture as an alternative to traditional painkillers in people suffering from osteoarthritis.
The aim of the study was to find out the effect of “Osho dynamic meditation” on the stress hormone levels and whether it has any anti-stress effect.
The results showed a significant reduction at trial end.
A pain management review of acupuncture was published by Manyanga et al. The review looked at 12 trials comparing acupuncture to standard care in osteoarthritis (plus placebo and no treatment at all).
The results showed significant pain reduction, improved mobility, and better quality of life.
So, the question is, if the UK NHS are providing acupuncture to patients, surely there must be some clinical evidence to prove its efficacy? There are over 3000 clinical trials studying the benefits of acupuncture in a vast array of illnesses and conditions.
For example, the British Acupuncture Council says obesity has been studied in numerous acupuncture trials with positive results.