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A small qualitative study of older adults with multimorbidity, carried out in the USA has found that they value acupuncture treatment as a way to reduce medication use, as well as a means to maintain physical and mental health. Fifteen patients aged 60 years and older suffering from at least two chronic conditions were recruited from a no-cost, college-affiliated acupuncture clinic for low-income older adults. A notable effect, reported by a substantial number of participants, was medication reduction. Participants also cited changes in mood, energy and well-being as important benefits. Keeping up regular treatments as a way to deal with new complaints and encourage a healthier lifestyle was seen an important aspect of care at the clinic. In addition, patients developed a strong trust in the clinic's ability to support the totality of their health as individuals. They contrasted this with their dissatisfaction at the impersonal approach of conventional healthcare.

Long-Term Acupuncture Therapy for Low-Income Older Adults with Multimorbidity: A Qualitative Study of Patient Perceptions. J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Oct 23.

 

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