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Acupuncture Complements Drug Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis Pain

Doctors, Patients Slow to Accept Acupuncture continued...

"I just gave a talk at medical grand rounds, and most of the doctors were enthusiastic. But quite a few were very pessimistic," she says. "When I talk to students about the theory behind this, at the end of my talk, I say people need to make a leap of faith and be open to the experience of their patients. So I think people will slowly come around."

Hayes Wilson, MD, chief of rheumatology at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, says doctors are willing to accept any treatment that helps their patients.

"I think we rheumatologists are pretty open minded," Wilson tells WebMD. "Speaking for myself, I am a pragmatist. I am for anything that works for my patients. There is a group of patients acupuncture works for, a minority of patients, and that is absolutely fine with me."

Wilson says that one of his partners treats arthritis patients with acupuncture and tells him that it works well - with one drawback.

"It is not a cure," Wilson says. "You have to keep coming back. In my experience, patients do it for a while and sort of lose interest."

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