Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Acupuncture, Will It Work For You


Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. It has gained acceptance and popularity in the West over the last 10-20 years, but do we know if it works?

Several studies have been completed, and the bottomline, according to The Medical Letter, May 8 2006 issue, is that acupuncture may be effective when used as an adjunct but not alone in the treatment of the following:

  • chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • cancer pain
  • low back pain
  • osteoarthritis of the knee
  • headaches

Conditions which were studied but for which acupuncture did NOT show any benefit were:

  • smoking /addiction
  • weight loss
  • depression
  • neurologic disorders including stroke

For details of these studies or more general information on acupuncture see National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Image: courtesy of LiewCf.com

8 comments:

Andy Buteau said...

An interesting study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) (1-FEB-2006) pitted fake acupuncture with sugar pills to see what placebo had the most effect. The results were quite interesting, including three subjects that withdrew from the study after their side effects became too painful.

http://www.discover.com/issues/apr-06/rd/placebo-placebo/

Kenny said...

Why do you say that acupuncture does not provide any benefit for those ailments? The article you link to says acupuncture is useful as an alternative or as part of a larger management program.

Dr. Taraneh Razavi said...

To Kenny

Did you look at the Medical Letter or the NIH site?
I know the NIH site lumps a lot of them together but the Medical Letter
has the most recent data and is the gold standard.
I included the NIH link because it has a very good over all review of
acupuncture. It's also the best site for general alternative medicine.

denkkar said...

I totally dig the link andy buteau posted in his comment. I knew the placebo effect was real (otherwise no one would bother with elaborate placebo controlled studies) but I've never read of a placebo vs placebo study. LOL!

Anonymous said...

No it won't. Quit trying.

PHORA-HR / SF-HR

Anonymous said...

Back Pain is a pain in my… well… back!
I was hit by a car a few years ago and since then I have suffered a lot of lower back pain and back ache! I was on strong painkillers for awhile but then I was getting addicted to them so had to drop them before it got too bad. That was about a year ago now and since then I have been looking for alternate ways of relieving the pain and aching until a month ago I was struggling to find anything that helped but I managed to get hold of some Cheap Slumberland Beds and I finally got a good nights sleep! It was great!
However!
Upon waking from my beautiful bed the relief only lasted until I got to work then the suffering began once more.
Can anyone give me any advice to ease my pain?

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