Does Acupuncture Even Work?

Many people rave about the benefits of acupuncture but does it actually cure anything? What if it’s just the placebo effect at work?

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Acupuncture — A Critical Analysis
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16420542
“Even though widely used in today’s clinical practice, acupuncture has remained a controversial subject. Many reviews are currently available but most lack a critical stance and some are overtly promotional. The aim of this overview is to provide a balanced, critical analysis of the existing evidence.”

Acupuncture: Does It Alleviate Pain And Are There Serious Risks? A Review Of Reviews
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21440191
“Acupuncture is commonly used for pain control, but doubts about its effectiveness and safety remain. This review was aimed at critically evaluating systematic reviews of acupuncture as a treatment of pain and at summarizing reports of serious adverse effects published since 2000. Literature searches were carried out in 11 databases without language restrictions. Systematic reviews were considered for the evaluation of effectiveness and case series or case reports for summarizing adverse events.”

5 Scientists Weigh In On Acupuncture
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/5-scientists-weigh-in-on-acupuncture/
“Millions of Americans turn to acupuncture each year to treat chronic pains and even depression. Recently, researchers at Rutgers University reported that combining the acupuncturist’s needle with an electric current could yield a new treatment for severe inflammation. Yet many scientists look skeptically at the practice.”

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