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
Conditions which were studied but for which acupuncture did NOT show any benefit were:
- smoking /addiction
- weight loss
- neurologic disorders including stroke
For details of these studies or more general information on acupuncture see National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
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