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Chinese Medicine including Chuna Manual Therapy for Osteoarthritis : A Systematic Review
The Journal of Korea CHUNA Manual Medicine for Spine & Nerves 2018;13:11-21
Published online June 30, 2018
Copyright © 2018 Korean Society of Chuna manual Medicine for Spine & Nerves.

Han-Kyul Kim, K.M.D.1, Tae-U Gwon, K.M.D.2, Byung-Jun Kim, K.M.D.3

1Chungcheongbuk-do Goesan-gun Buljeong local public health clinic
2Chungcheongnam-do Hongseong-gun Hongdong local public health clinic
3Gyeongsangnam-do Goseong-gun Goseong eup local public health clinic
Correspondence to: Byung-Jun Kim, Gyeongsangnam-do Goseong Goseong eup local public health clinic, 35, Jungang-ro, Goseong-eup, Goseong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea.
Tel : (055) 670-4874 E-mail :
Received May 25, 2018; Revised May 28, 2018; Accepted June 5, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Objectives: To evaluate the evidence supporting the effectiveness and safety of Chinese medicine, including Chuna manual therapy, for the treatment ofosteoarthritis.
Methods: We conducted a search of 8 electronic databases(Pubmed, Web of Science, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, CAJ, KISTI, NDSL, and RISS) to find all randomized controlled clinical trials that discuss Chuna manual therapy forosteoarthritis till May 2018.
Results: Our inclusion criteria selected 7eligible RCTs involving 633 participants. The meta-analysis of 6 studies showed positive results for the useof Chinese medicine, including Chuna manual therapy, for treating knee osteoarthritis. There was no evidence of worsening symptoms or any adverse events.
Conclusions: Our systematic review found favorable evidence regardingthe effectiveness of Chinese medicine, including Chuna manual therapy, for treating knee osteoarthritis. However, our systematic review had several limitations owingto the low quality of original articles andadditionalclinical trials would be necessary for stronger evidence.
Keywords : Chuna manual Therapy, Osteoarthritis, Sytematic review, Meta-analysis, Randomized controlled trial

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