By Board of Science and Education

ISBN-10: 905823164X

ISBN-13: 9789058231642

This booklet investigates the clinical foundation and efficacy of acupuncture and the standard of educating and criteria of competence in its practitioners. sufferers are more and more asking approximately CAM possible choices to orthodox clinical practices as they worry the side-effects of ever stronger conventional drug treatment. The booklet discusses the $64000 questions of safety and the schooling and coaching of acupuncture experts. additionally the ebook investigates GP's attitudes to acupunture and the level to which they provide the remedy to their sufferers.  

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21 complications would arise (complications were classified as mechanical organ injuries, infections, and other adverse effects, not including point-bleeding or small haematomas). Bensoussan and Myers’ Australian study (1996) estimated that the average number of adverse events per year of full time Traditional Chinese Medicine practice was one every eight months. 9% A REVIEW OF ADVERSE REACTIONS TO ACUPUNCTURE 47 (approximately 12,459 treatments) resulted in adverse events (faintness, fainting, haematoma, pneumothorax and retained needles).

In five studies, needling did not prove to be superior to placebo controls. The clinical impression exists among acupuncturists that neck pain usually responds well to acupuncture. This review concludes that neck pain does improve with acupuncture, but there is no clear evidence that this is due to the needling or the overall effect of the therapeutic encounter. Acupuncture for osteoarthritis Thirteen studies were identified in a systematic review of acupuncture for osteoarthritis in any joint, (Ernst, 1997) of which seven reported a positive result and six a negative one (see table 4, page 32).

All showed some benefit of acupuncture compared to the control intervention. None of these trials was placebo-controlled, so it is impossible to say whether the effect was due to the placement and stimulation of the needles, or due to the extra attention and mental stimulation given to the subjects. , 1998) this question seems to have been answered in acupuncture’s disfavour. This rigorous, placebocontrolled RCT found no effect of either genuine or placebo acupuncture compared to a group who had no additional treatment.

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