You Asked: Does Acupuncture Really Work?
A recent meta-analysis coauthored by Andrew Vickers a biostatistician at Memorial Slaon Kettering Cancer Center, which examines existing research on a topic compared acupuncture treatment to standard medical treatment for musculoskeletal pain, chronic headaches, and osteoarthritis. It also compared real acupuncture to “sham” acupuncture. When comparing legit acupuncture to standard care, there was statistically significant benefit to acupuncture, Vickers says. “We saw measurable effect there,” he explains. “If acupuncture were a drug, we’d say the drug works.” When Vickers and his team compared legitimate acupuncture to sham acupuncture, benefit persisted but shrank.
Vitaly Napadow, a director of the Center for Integrative pain Neuroimaging at Harvard Medical School has conducted dozens of brain imaging studies on acupuncture in an effort to determine just how treatment may or may not calm pain or related conditions like headache or arthritis. Napadow says the more research has looked into the effect of expectancy on acupuncture outcomes or weather people who believe the treatment will work experience more benefit than those who don’t. Couple these promising findings with the fact that acupuncture is a low –cost treatment option with very few side effects, and Napadow says it makes sense to consider it a helpful partner to Western medicine.
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