New Study Exposes Acupuncture As Pseudoscience

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    Dec 28, 2013 8:11 AM GMT
    http://www.seattlepi.com/technology/businessinsider/article/New-Study-Exposes-Acupuncture-As-Pseudoscience-5094637.php[/url]

    A new study published online in the journal Cancer suggests that any relief acupuncture brings may be the result of a placebo effect.

    Researchers followed a group of 47 women being treated with aromatase inhibitors, a breast cancer medication that can cause menopause-like side effects (hot flashes, night sweats) as well as joint and muscle pain. Twenty-three of the women received eight weeks of acupuncture; the rest received eight weeks of something called "sham acupuncture," where needles are placed on the skin somewhat randomly — not at traditional acupuncture points — and then not actually inserted.

    The result? All of the patients reported that their side effects had improved, especially the severity of their hot flashes.
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    Dec 30, 2013 1:28 AM GMT
    Hey, thanks for sharing that!
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    Jan 01, 2014 7:24 PM GMT
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    Interesting stuff. I would like to see them try it on more health issues as well as have the person doing the real acupuncture be someone that is experienced at it and has good reviews.
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    Jan 25, 2014 9:22 PM GMT
    ;/ sad news for acupuncturists :O
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    Jan 29, 2014 3:09 PM GMT
    The link is bad but I know of this study. It was however proven to help with nausea oddly enough.
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    Feb 06, 2014 1:23 AM GMT
    So? They say the same thing about chiropractors, yet they seem to help some people.


    Placebos seem to help some people, too.


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    Feb 06, 2014 5:31 AM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said So? They say the same thing about chiropractors, yet they seem to help some people.


    Placebos seem to help some people, too.


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    You may have a point. Chiropractors have helped me when no medical doctor could.
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    Feb 09, 2014 2:45 PM GMT
    What I would like to know is what science would consider compelling evidence that qi flows WERE responsible for the effects of acupuncture. Until they have a coherent, precise answer to that then they will keep designing trials which show nothing
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    Mar 22, 2014 7:39 AM GMT
    Acupuncture Provides True Pain Relief in Study

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/acupuncture-provides-true-pain-relief-in-study/

    Acupuncture for Chronic Pain
    Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis

    a total of 17,922 patients analyzed


    http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1357513