Acupuncture Is Theatrical Placebo

  title={Acupuncture Is Theatrical Placebo},
  author={David Colquhoun and Steven P Novella},
  journal={Anesthesia \& Analgesia},
Pain is a big problem. If you read about pain management centers, you might think it had been solved. It has not. And when no effective treatment exists for a medical problem, it leads to a tendency to clutch at straws. Research has shown that acupuncture is little more than such a straw.Although it 

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Acupuncture-Induced Analgesia

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  • Martin Wang
  • Medicine, Biology
    Translational Acupuncture Research
  • 2019
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  • Biology
    British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • 2016
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Letter by Dorlo Regarding Article, "Acupuncture Therapy and Incidence of Depression After Stroke".

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Evidence Lacking That Acupuncture Is More Effective Than Placebo.

  • H. Hall
  • Medicine
    American family physician
  • 2020
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Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual patient data meta-analysis.

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A randomized trial comparing acupuncture, simulated acupuncture, and usual care for chronic low back pain.

Although acupuncture was found effective for chronic low back pain, tailoring needling sites to each patient and penetration of the skin appear to be unimportant in eliciting therapeutic benefits, which raises questions about acupuncture's purported mechanisms of action.

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  • A. LeeM. Done
  • Medicine
    The Cochrane database of systematic reviews
  • 2004
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