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Sham acupuncture is not a placebo treatment - implications and problems in research

@inproceedings{Birch2012ShamAI,
  title={Sham acupuncture is not a placebo treatment - implications and problems in research},
  author={Stephen Birch},
  year={2012}
}
To date no ‘sham acupuncture’ has been inert. This non-inertness always results in problems for studies that attempt ‘placebo-control’ in acupuncture trials, usually introducing bias against acupuncture. Despite almost 30 years of discussion of this topic, multiple publications about it, detailed descriptions of the problems, researchers still attempt sham acupuncture trials as though they can be placebo-control trials and/or researchers are required to use sham acupuncture controls by funding… 

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