A new study of acupuncture — the most rigorous and detailed analysis of the treatment to date — found that it can ease migraines and arthritis and other forms of chronic pain.
The findings provide strong scientific support for an age-old therapy
used by an estimated three million Americans each year. Though
acupuncture has been studied for decades, the body of medical research
on it has been mixed and mired to some extent by small and poor-quality
studies. Financed by the National Institutes of Health and carried out
over about half a decade, the new research was a detailed analysis of
earlier research that involved data on nearly 18,000 patients.
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