As the name of the post title indicates, a lot of research has been done in the past few years regarding the value of acupuncture as a source of treatment for chronic pain sufferers. In a recent study taking a meta analysis of 29 previous top quality studies involving 17,922 participants, it was shown that acupuncture was considered to be considered a helpful form of treatment for patients that have chronic pain. Click on the link below to see the story reported.
One of the issues presented always seems to involve whether or not acupuncture is working or if it is a placebo affect, and this study shows that there is a difference between acupuncture and the so called “sham” acupuncture. The study found that on using a pain scale between 0-100, patients who started with an average of 60 experienced a 50% reduction in pain when acupuncture was used. When no acupuncture was used and only standard care was given to the patient, the average reported only a 28% reduction in pain.
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