Acupuncture helps headaches, even when ‘faked’
Posted by keelynet on January 25, 2009
An interesting finding…
“Acupuncture helps prevent headaches and migraines, suggests two new research reviews, which also found the treatment effective even when needles are incorrectly used. “Much of the clinical benefit of acupuncture might be due to non-specific needling effects and powerful placebo effects, meaning selection of specific needle points may be less important than many practitioners have traditionally argued,” lead researcher Klaus Linde, of the Centre for Complementary Medicine Research at the Technical University of Munich, said in a statement. The trials in the review showed that, following at least eight weeks of treatment, patients who received acupuncture had fewer headaches than patients who were only given painkillers. In these studies, fake acupuncture was only slightly less effective than the real thing. In studies of acupuncture’s effectiveness at preventing migraines, acupuncture was again more beneficial than drug treatment. In these studies, the reviews’ authors found fake acupuncture to be just as effective. The findings suggest that acupuncture may be a safe alternative headache treatment for patients who do not want to take conventional medication, the authors said.” – Source
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