Sham acupuncture is as efficacious as true acupuncture for the treatment of IBS: A randomized placebo controlled trial.


BACKGROUND Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients increasingly seek out acupuncture therapy to alleviate symptoms, but it is unclear whether the benefit is due to a treatment-specific effect or a placebo response. This study examined whether true acupuncture is superior to sham acupuncture in relieving IBS symptoms and whether benefits were linked to… (More)
DOI: 10.1111/nmo.13040