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Old 04-13-2002, 09:20 AM   #57
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Interestingly, there has been a controlled scientific study just released that showed no difference between accupuncture results and placebo (I think it was just random sticking with needles, but I don't recall the control for sure), even in the areas traditional medicine feels accupunture may play a useful role, headache and chronic nerve/muscle/bone pain.

I don't completely buy this, however, because many times a study comes out, and results are later not reproducible, so I remain open (on the pain control issue) until further studies are done. Of course, western medicine feels one possible explanation of accupunture in pain control is belief of the patient that it will work, and that may account for placebo accupunture being as successful as actual accupuncture.
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