Early studies were small and of poor quality. In 2012, a team of scientists published results of a rigorous meta-analysis of information from 29 high-quality acupuncture studies involving nearly 18,000 patients. They found that acupuncture effectively relieved pain in several chronic conditions, including osteoarthritis (OA). Another meta-analysis in 2013 found that acupuncture was better at relieving OA knee pain than either standard care or exercise.
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