Study: Acupuncture effectively treats chronic pain

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By NBC News

Study: Acupuncture effectively treats chronic pain

September 13, 2012 Updated Sep 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM CDT

NEW YORK -- New research finds acupuncture may be effective in treating some forms of chronic pain.

Scientists reviewed almost 30 studies involving patients with neck, back, and shoulder pain, chronic headaches, or osteoarthritis.

Overall, those who got acupuncture reported less pain than those who didn't get acupuncture.

In fact, even patients given sham acupuncture, where the needles aren't placed properly, got more relief than non-acupuncture patients.

Researchers say these results suggest acupuncture should be considered as a reasonable option for chronic pain.

This study was led by researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and published in 'Archives of Internal Medicine'.

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