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Title: Mechanism of traditional Chinese medicine in treating knee osteoarthritis
Authors: Wang, Mina
Liu, Lu
Zhang, Claire Shuiqing
Liao, Zehuan
Jing, Xianghong
Fishers, Marc
Zhao, Luopeng
Xu, Xiaobai
Li, Bin
Keywords: Science::Biological sciences
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Wang, M., Liu, L., Zhang, C. S., Liao, Z., Jing, X., Fishers, M. . . . Li, B. (2020). Mechanism of traditional Chinese medicine in treating knee osteoarthritis. Journal of Pain Research, 13, 1421-1429. doi:10.2147/JPR.S247827
Journal: Journal of Pain Research
Abstract: Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a degenerative disease, making a unique contribution to chronic pain, edema, and limited mobility of knee joint. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a common complementary therapy for KOA and has been found effective. The aim of this review is to consolidate the current knowledge about the mechanism of four interventions of TCM: acupuncture, moxibustion, herbs, and massage in treating KOA, and how they alleviate symptoms such as pain, swelling, and dysfunction. Furthermore, this review highlights that four therapies have different mechanisms but all of them can manage KOA through inhibiting inflammation, which indicates that alternative therapies should be considered as a viable complementary treatment for pain management in clinical practice.
ISSN: 1178-7090
DOI: 10.2147/JPR.S247827
Schools: School of Biological Sciences 
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