Acupuncture Provides True Pain Relief in Study

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Acupuncture Provides True Pain Relief in Study

Acupuncture may be helpful in treating migraines, arthritis and chronic pain.Gordon Welters for The New York TimesAcupuncture may be helpful in treating migraines, arthritis and chronic pain.

A new study of acupuncture — the most rigorous and detailed analysis of the treatment to date — found that it can ease migraines and arthritis and other forms of chronic pain.

The findings provide strong scientific support for an age-old therapy used by an estimated three million Americans each year. Though acupuncture has been studied for decades, the body of medical research on it has been mixed and mired to some extent by small and poor-quality studies. Financed by the National Institutes of Health and carried out over about half a decade, the new research was a detailed analysis of earlier research that involved data on nearly 18,000 patients.

The researchers, who published their results in Archives of Internal Medicine

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