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"A new review appeared in the BMJ today. It is by Madsen et al., from the Nordic Cochrane Centre, Copenhagen…..The results confirm, yet again, that there is essentially no difference between "real" acupuncture and sham acupuncture. All that talk about meridians and Qi really is so much mumbo jumbo…..Madsen et al conclude "a consensus report characterised a 10mm reduction on a 100 mm visual analogue scale as representing a "minimal" change or "little change". Thus, the apparent analgesic effect of acupuncture seems to be below a clinically relevant pain improvement."" Professor David Colquhoun, DC Science (28th January 2009)