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Yet another study has been published allegedly showing that "acupuncture works." The study is published in the journal Anesthesiology and looks at post operative nausea and vomiting. There are many problems, however, with the conclusions drawn from the study and it does not support the claims of acupuncture… I do not find this one study compelling. The acupuncture and nausea literature is generally negative and inconsistent. The acupuncture literature in general tends to be negative and is solidly negative with regard to the reality of chi, meridians, and acupuncture points. The literature is also contaminated by many studies, like this one, that are not actually looking at acupuncture but at other things, such as electrical nerve stimulation. The net effect of such studies is not to improve the practice of medicine or increase our knowledge of biology or medical treatments, but as a source of misdirection in order to promote demonstrably false and unscientific beliefs to the public." Steven Novella, MD, NeuroLogica Blog (10th December 2007)