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A recent study, Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis, has provided significant evidence that acupuncture not only provides greater pain relief than both sham and no acupuncture, it also goes above and beyond a placebo effect.
These results come from a meta-analysis of 29 high quality studies, looking at 17,992 cases of raw individual patient data.
Lead researcher Andrew Vickers and colleagues set out to determine the effect size of acupuncture for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache and shoulder pain.
In an interview with ABC’s AM program, Vickers was quoted saying the results showed a ‘large difference between true acupuncture and no acupuncture at all, a smaller difference between true and sham acupuncture, but one that is certainly statistically significant’.
These findings suggest that acupuncture is a clinically significant method of pain relief.
Vickers A, Cronin A M, Maschino A C, Lewith G, MacPherson H, Foster N E, et al. Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Individual Patient Data Met-analysis. Arch Intern Med. Published online September 10, 2012.
ABC News: AM. Study shows acupuncture works [internet].2012. [cited 11 September 2012]. Available from: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2012/s3587328.htm
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