Saturday, 17 April 2010
Could cupping ease chronic knee pain?
The ancient #Chinesemedicine therapy of cupping is being tested as a new treatment for knee arthritis. The traditional remedy, popular with celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, is being put through the rigours of a clinical trial. Some research suggests that cupping, which involves placing heated cups upside down on the skin, can result in significant reduction in lower back pain compared with painkillers. Other studies showed positive effects in trigeminal neuralgia, a condition that affects nerves in the face. Now, in a new trial, researchers at Charite University, Berlin, are hoping to gain similar success with patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis (source: Daily Mail).