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The science behind Acupunture

The science behind Acupunture

More than 3000 studies have been completed since the 1970’s into the efficacy of Acupuncture. It is a recognised treatment by the NHS, regularly offered to patients by GPs and covered by many health insurance policies.

The requirement for ‘evidence based’ medicine is becoming greater. With Acupuncture however it is difficult to carry out accepted high standard double blind, randomised-controlled trials (i.e. a large group of patients some who receive the real treatment and others a placebo with patients, doctors and assessors unaware of who is in which group) as there is no way to insert fake needles without the patient realising!.

Having said this The Acupunture Council website has factsheets which explain the evidence available by condition by condition (over 65 different conditions are covered). For example, in relation to back pain, ‘research has shown that acupuncture is significantly better than no treatment and at least as good as (if not better than) standard medical care for back pain (Witt 2006; Haake 2007; Cherkin 2009; Sherman 2009a)’. There is similar evidence for the treatment of headaches, migraines, insomnia. Cancer patients can significantly benefit with acupuncture shown to reduce symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and pain.

So rather than suffer from symptoms that debilitate your quality of life, speak to a qualified Acupuncturist to find out what can be done to help.

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