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Meridian theory is an important part of Chinese medicine; its origin and nature are still shrouded in mystery.
The patients were assigned to 1 of 3 treatment groups: (1) "true acupuncture" based on Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian theory to treat knee joint pain; (2) a sham treatment that mimicked true acupuncture, except that the needles weren't actually inserted (the acupuncture guiding tubes were tapped at sham points, followed by affixing needles, without insertion, at these sites with adhesive tape); and (3) a control group that received six 2-hour group education sessions lead by a patient education specialist, with follow-up mailed educational materials.
Additionally, chiropractic shares with Eastern medicine, or Traditional Oriental Medicine (TOM), a common interest in manipulation, nutrition, vitalism, and even meridian theory. According to Alex Hollard, licensed acupuncturist, author and former faculty member of the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle, the blend of acupuncture and chiropractic for neuromuscular conditions is an excellent therapeutic combination (1995).