German Federal Committee of Physicians and Health Insurers is considering to reimburse acupuncture by state health insurance funds. This is considered as a result of another large controlled trial on osteoarthritis and acupuncture published in current issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.

The study showed that acupuncture significantly improved the qualify of life of patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee or hip and reduced the symptoms of osteoarthritis like pain.

This was a very large controlled trial. 3,553 patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee were observed. The study took 3 years.

Sceptics have long said acupuncture is all in the mind. But a study has found that the ancient Chinese practice is as effective as popular painkillers for treating disabling conditions such as arthritis.

A team of scientists from two British universities carried out brain scans on patients while they underwent the 2500-year-old treatment.

The scans showed differences in the brain’s response to acupuncture needles compared with tests using “dummy needles” that did not puncture the skin.

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