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A review on acupuncture for headaches found the treatment “could be a valuable option for patients suffering from frequent tension-type headache.” Another study of acupuncture for migraines stated, “migraine patients benefit from acupuncture, although the correct placement of needles seems to be less relevant than is usually thought by acupuncturists.” The findings seemed positive but not conclusive.

So reached out to the lead author of the studies, Dr.

People can usually tell whether or not you are sticking needles in them.

Various controls have been devised, such as comparing ‘true’ acupuncture points to ‘false’ ones.

As Deb Matthews suggests, since Ontarians are turning to alternative care like Chinese Medicine, and it “plays an important and valuable role in [their] health and well-being,” we should regulate it.

The Canadian Medical Association, however, argues that any guidelines for or regulation of alternative medicine “should respect the conviction of many physicians and clinical researchers, that [alternative medicine] has minimal scientific validity and that recommending it to patients achieves no clinical purpose and may be unethical.” In other words, warn the huddled masses about this quackery.

The best control so far is an ingenious retractable needle similar to a stage dagger, where the needle just touches the skin and retracts into a sheath.

“I would estimate there are more than 10,000 studies and they are extremely diverse.Linde to believe, “It is likely that complex traditional theories of acupuncture are incomplete or simply wrong.” There’s also the problem of the placebo effect.“There is increasing evidence that acupuncture and other complex interventions might have more potent placebo effects than other interventions.” He’s referring to the fact more dramatic treatments—being poked with needles, say, instead of passively taking pills—seem to be felt by patients to be more effective, even if the two interventions have the same medicinal value.Given the face-off between politicians and the doctors, If anyone knows about alternative medicine, it’s Dr. He recently retired from his post as the world’s first university chair of complementary medicine in Exeter, England, and has dedicated the better part of the last 20 years to establishing an evidence base for alternative medicine with his colleagues at the Peninsula Medical School.When I asked him, perhaps naively, about the efficacy of Chinese Medicine—which in the West usually encompasses acupuncture and Chinese herbs—he cautioned me that the field is too big to generalize, and results vary depending on the type of therapy and the disease under treatment.

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