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3. Adaptation of magnetic therapy by main stream medicine in recent years

The main developments starts with the multi nations World Health Organization endorsed acupuncture and magnetic therapy for the treatment of some 40 ailments in 1980, including both for the medical conditions osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

And a NIDH panel also concluded in 1997 that acupuncture was not only helpful and great for postoperative pain and nausea, but also could help in the treatment of other musculoskeletal conditions, and all this without the side effects of anti-inflammatory powerful drugs.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine recently completed a four-year NIDH funded study. This study was the largest ever undertaken, to determine how well acupuncture and magnetic therapy really works. The results were published in December 2004 in the Annals of Internal Medicine: It was found that traditional Chinese acupuncture significantly reduces pain and improves function for patients with knee osteoarthritis who have moderate or more severe pain despite taking pain killing medication.

Larry Saltshaker MD is a board certified internist in Oklahoma City who practices both conventional and alternative medicine. He uses acupuncture and hand out magnetic bracelet and son his arthritis patients and says he was "pleasantly surprised" when his patients reported they were getting relief from their pain. "Most of my patients have had beneficial results from acupuncture" says Saltshaker.

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