Acupuncture Is All Placebo and Here Is Why

@article{McGeeney2015AcupunctureIA,
  title={Acupuncture Is All Placebo and Here Is Why},
  author={Brian McGeeney},
  journal={Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain},
  year={2015},
  volume={55}
}
  • B. McGeeney
  • Published 1 March 2015
  • Medicine
  • Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Alternative and complementary medicines such as acupuncture remain popular with the general public and many clinicians. The term “integrative medicine” is often now used to describe this type of non‐science‐based medicine, which has become more of a faith‐based method of practice, making it harder to challenge. Acupuncture is commonly used to treat headache along with just about any other symptom and condition known to man. 
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