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Acupuncture: A Healthy Alternative to Anti-Inflammatories

Last month, I posted a blog about the benefits of using acupuncture over a toxic chemical like Botox (that almost killed four people in Florida) or traditional plastic surgery. The findings of a new study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has led the agency to conclude acupuncture is an effective complement to standard care in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee.

The group of some 570 patients who had acupuncture treatments showed a 40 percent decrease in pain and nearly 40 percent improvement in knee function.

Eight weeks into the study, acupuncture patients were showing a significant improvement in knee function, and by 14 weeks their pain levels had dropped sharply compared with sham techniques (using fake needles that never penetrate the skin) and self-help groups.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a NIH division, an estimated 2 million Americans used acupuncture just two years ago. Considering the recent recall of Vioxx and mounting concerns about Celebrex, I suspect many more will seek out acupuncture as an safer alternative.

However, if you don't like needles, and you're truly motivated to start eating healthier, I strongly recommend retooling your eating habits based on your body's unique nutritional type.

BBC News December 21, 2004

USA Today December 21, 2004

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