What alternative health

practitioners might not tell you



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"Acupuncture is commonly believed to be effective for the treatment of chronic pain, despite growing evidence from systematic reviews that it is not." Bandolier (October 2000)

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Concludes "Studies using EPM (energetic placebo model) as placebo failed more frequently to show any differences between real acupuncture and placebo treatment than those using MPM (metameric placebo model) as placebo. On the other hand, sham acupuncture appears almost as active as 'real' acupuncture". Sanchez Aranjo M., Forsch Komplementarmed. (1998)

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"Whilst the small population studied limits the conclusions that may be drawn, these findings suggest that acupuncture may have no greater effect than that of a powerful placebo." British Journal of Rheumatology (August 1986)