Research Progress on Analgesic Effect of Acupuncture Knee Osteoarthritis

Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, China | Xiangyu Zhu1*, Keyi Wang1, Qihao Yang1 and Guangxiang Jiang1

Knee Osteoarthritis (KOA) is a chronic degenerative disease characterized by pain and joint dyskinesia, which is common in middle-aged and elderly people [1]. There are numerous methods for the clinical treatment of KOA. Western medicine mainly focuses on oral medication, intraarticular injection therapy, arthroscopic treatment and so on. The traditional Chinese medicine therapy consists of Chinese herbs treatment, acupuncture, accupotome, and other non-drug treatment. None of the existing treatment methods can change the natural course of KOA, the main purpose of treatment is to alleviate the pain of patients and improve the function of bone and joint. The acupuncture treatment method has a significant clinical analgesic effect. Although the course of treatment is relatively long, it is more easily accepted by patients because of the advantage of moderate price and less toxic side effect. Nowadays, more and more people choose acupuncture on the clinical treatment of KOA [2]. In this paper, the present situation of acupuncture analgesia in KOA is analyzed, the basic theory of acupuncture analgesia in KOA is discussed and the clinical analgesic effects of different therapies are compared in order to provide a well-established treatment plan for KOA.

Keywords: Acupuncture, Knee osteoarthritis (KOA), Pain Management, Acupoint, Characteristic Therapy

Received: 24 Dec 2018; Accepted: 12 Mar 2019.

Edited by:
Xinglong Gu, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), United States

Reviewed by:
Xing Zhao, Beijing Sport University, China
Mei Tao, Beijing Sport University, China

Copyright: © 2019 Zhu, Wang, Yang and Jiang. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Xiangyu Zhu, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China,

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