Acupuncture treatment for pain: systematic review of randomised clinical trials with acupuncture, placebo acupuncture, and no acupuncture groups.

Citation

Evidence Type: Research (Systematic Review)
BMJ. 2009 Jan 27;338:a3115. doi: 10.1136/bmj.a3115. - Acupuncture treatment for pain: systematic review of randomised clinical trials with acupuncture, placebo acupuncture, and no acupuncture groups. - PubMed - NCBI Score: 0.0/0.0

Discussion

To quote the researches conclusion:
"A small analgesic effect of acupuncture was found, which seems to lack clinical relevance and cannot be clearly distinguished from bias. Whether needling at acupuncture points, or at any site, reduces pain independently of the psychological impact of the treatment ritual is unclear."

We cannot see any clear difference between "real" acupuncture and making it up as you go along.

Strengths/Weaknesses

Conclusions

Strength/Weakness 1

Strong strength: Adequate Sample Size

There were a large number of participants


Strength/Weakness 2

Strong strength: Well Designed Research

Removing an outlier, seeking to maximise the amount participants and testers were blinded, these are all signs of good research.


Conclusion 1

The research found no clear indication that acupuncture relieves pain.


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