Acupunct Med doi:10.1136/acupmed-2015-01077
Acupuncture treatment for chronic knee pain: study by Hinman et al underestimates acupuncture efficacy
1Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Second Hospital of Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, Harbin, China
2Department of Health Research and Policy, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
Correspondence to Professor Ying Lu, Department of Health Research and Policy, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA; firstname.lastname@example.org
Published Online First 5 March 2015
Hinman et al1 completed a Zelen design clinical trial for acupuncture in patients with chronic knee pain and concluded that neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function in patients older than 50 years with moderate or severe chronic knee pain. We disagree with the authors’ conclusion because they failed to use the most effective treatment regimen in their trial.
We consider that their treatment regimen is suboptimal for the following reasons.
First, the dosage of acupuncture …