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In one of the largest trials of its kind published to date, researchers in have found that acupuncture applied to specific points on the leg can provide significant pain relief and improve function in patients who have osteoarthritis of the knee.

 

The results of the trial, published in the Dec. 21, 2004 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggest that acupuncture may be a safe, effective therapy that can be used in conjunction with other forms of care in the treatment of osteoarthritis, and that it has the potential to improve the quality of life for millions of people who suffer from the condition.

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