A systematic review from China indicates that acupuncture could be an effective therapy for treating osteoporosis. Thirty-five studies involving 3014 participants were included in the meta-analysis, which showed that acupuncture could improve bone mineral density, increase serum calcium and estradiol levels, decrease the level of serum alkaline phosphatase and relieve pain, compared with Western medicine. Warm needling seemed to be more effective than either electro-acupuncture or conventional manual needling.
The Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Osteoporosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Am J Chin Med. 2018;46(3):489-513