Monday, June 21, 2010

Followup on acupuncture

Following the "Acupuncture's secret revealed?" post on 6/17 a reader sent me two interesting links that I want to pass on.  Body in Mind reviews a paper in Journal of Pain that finds no significant effect of physician training or expertise on outcome, and notes studies that find no difference between needle placement at classical acupuncture points and randomly placed needles, and also that patient expectations about acupuncture influence outcome. And, Eric Mead briefly lectures on "The Magic of the Placebo."

1 comment:

  1. Yes! Not exceedingly different than the placebo effect witnessed in trials of many pharmaceutical medications...