BRITISH and Spanish patients have taken part in clinical trials showing an alternative therapy to be effective for those suffering from chronic pain.
A review of almost 18,000 volunteers found acupuncture, an ancient Chinese practice which involves inserting thin needles into the body, to be beneficial.
The findings of the study, published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, analysed data from patients in Spain, UK, the US, Germany and Sweden.
“We found acupuncture to be superior to both no acupuncture control and sham acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain,” said researcher Dr Andrew Vickers.
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