NEJM and Acupuncture: Even the best can publish nonsense.

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Evidence Type: Blog Post (Pro Science)
NEJM and Acupuncture: Even the best can publish nonsense., Science-Based Medicine, 13 Aug 2010 - NEJM and Acupuncture: Even the best can publish nonsense. – Science-Based Medicine Score: 0.0/0.0

Discussion

This article discusses the research Acupuncture for chronic low back pain. including how the research itself is flawed, the fact that it made it into a reputable journal is bad, and how acupuncture in general is ineffective This article points out that when there is no difference between a placebo treatment and the "real" treatment, then the treatment obviously does not work

To quote the article:
" If you are going to recommend acupuncture, and they will, then you need to justify the use of needles in specific sites by people trained in acupuncture, and the literature doesn’t support that It doesn’t matter where you put the needles, or even if you use needles at all, as we have mentioned, since twirling a toothpick has better effects on knee pain than needling And I will ask again: whose style of acupuncture are you going to use? Ear, tongue, foot, Japanese or German or Chinese?"

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Conclusion 1

This articles helps to point out that even in a research paper which claims to show acupuncture is effective, the evidence still shows it does not.


Conclusion 2

This author points out that "8.6% reported at least one adverse event, and 2.2% reported one that required treatment", which is far from being completely safe.


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