Acupuncturist’s Attitude Matters Most

Many people believe that Traditional Chinese acupuncture can relieve arthritic knee pain. Data from a clinical trial of 455 patients and 72 controls showed that the attitude of the acupuncturist greatly influenced the outcomes. When the acupuncturist (genuine or pretend) said to the patient, "I've had a lot of success with treating knee pain," the…

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Glucosamine Disappoints for Low Back Pain

Glucosamine is a very popular dietary supplement marketed widely as a treatment for osteoarthritis. Patients with imaging-based degenerative lumbar osteoarthritis and back pain for at least 6 months received either glucosamine or a placebo daily for 6 months, and were then followed for another 6 months. Both groups reported less pain after treatment, but there…

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