The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, funded a landmark study of acupuncture.* Their research demonstrated that acupuncture provides pain relief and improves function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee.–National Institutes of Health**
The study was done in two outpatient clinics (an integrative medicine facility and a rheumatology facility) located in academic teaching hospitals and 1 clinical trials facility…* 570 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee participated.
For more about Chinese Medicine and the treatment of pain:
*Berman BM, Lao L, Langenberg P, Lee WL, Gilpin AMK, Hochberg MC. Effectiveness of Acupuncture as Adjunctive Therapy in Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2004; 141(12):901910.
**National Institutes of Health at https://nccih.nih.gov/research/results/acu-osteo.htm