The analgesic efficacy of bee venom acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis: A comparative study with needle acupuncture

Young Bae Kwon, Ji Hoon Kim, Jung Hee Yoon, Jae Dong Lee, Ho Jae Han, Woung Chon Mar, Alvin J. Beitz, Jang Hem Lee

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Abstract

The aim of this investigation was to determine whether bee venom (BV) administered directly into an acupoint was a clinically effective and safe method for relieving the pain of patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) as compared to traditional needle acupuncture. We evaluated the efficacy of BV acupuncture using both pain relief scores and computerized infrared thermography (IRT) following 4 weeks of B V acupuncture treatment. We observed that a significantly higher proportion of subjects receiving BV acupuncture reported substantial pain relief as compared with those receiving traditional needle acupuncture therapy. Furthermore, the IRT score was significantly improved and paralleled the level of pain relief.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-199
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Chinese Medicine
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

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