Rising popularity of acupuncture treatment: Justifications, clinical research, and difficulties
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AbstractAcupuncture has become a routine practice in some hospitals. The main indications include control of chronic pain that is resistant to conventional therapy, neuromuscular deficiencies of various causes and other odd situations in which conventional treatment fails to provide satisfactory results. The theories given to explain acupuncture's effects need to be assessed carefully before a wider endorsement of this treatment option should be given. Positive theories include the pain-control "gate theory" and the neuro-humoral theory, both of which have objective proofs to support them. The negative theories of "placebo effects," suggestion, and stress-related reactions do not have sufficient rational support. Clinical trials on acupuncture should follow the same approach used in the clinical testing of pharmaceuticals. However, the use of placebo acupuncture is difficult. Fortunately, adverse events are not serious. In spite of the difficulties encountered in attempting placebo acupuncture standardization and lack of objective assessment tools, the practical side of acupuncture is fully justified, and more-serious research to reveal the physiological events initiated by acupunctures, is indicated. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
All Author(s) ListLeung P.-C., Pang E.S.Y.
Journal nameMedical Acupuncture
Detailed descriptionDoi: 10.1089/acu.2011.0795.
Volume Number23
Issue Number3
PublisherMary Ann Liebert Inc.
Place of PublicationUnited States
Pages143 - 149
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsAcupuncture, Adverse effects, Clinical trial, Placebo acpuncture

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