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There is some scientific evidence that acupuncture is effective for a small number of health conditions. However, for the majority of conditions for which acupuncture is used, the scientific evidence is inconclusive or there has been no attempt to collect good-quality evidence. For a small number of conditions, there is evidence that acupuncture does not work.
More research is needed into the effectiveness of acupuncture on a wide range of conditions.
It is important to remember that when we use a treatment and feel better, this can be because of a phenomenon called the placebo effect and not because of the treatment itself. Read more »
BBC News 1 December, 1999
Acupuncture does have real health benefits, two separate studies have found.
German scientists tested the therapy by treating one group of patients with acupuncture and another with a fake procedure designed to simulate its feel.
Those patients who received the real therapy showed much bigger improvements in their health.
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BBC News 25 June, 2000,
Access to acupuncture for NHS patients should be widened, the British Medical Association (BMA) says.
The association is calling for nation-wide guidelines on use of the treatment following research which suggests it is successful in easing back and dental pain, migraine, nausea and vomiting.
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BBC News 18 November, 2001
Acupuncture can improve the prospects of people with severe heart failure, research has shown.
Researchers found the ancient Chinese practice has the potential to dramatically reduce the pressure on the heart.
This is because it can reduce activity in the sympathetic nervous system, which regulates involuntary movements such as heartbeat and blood pressure. Read more »
BBC News 19 October, 2001
Acupuncture reduces patients’ vomiting and nausea after major breast surgery at least as effectively as conventional treatment, doctors have found.
Researchers at the Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina found the treatment also reduced post-operative pain.
As many as 70% of women who undergo major breast surgery suffer significant post-operative nausea and vomiting.
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BBC News 28 February, 2002
Acupuncture helps relieve morning sickness for pregnant women, a study shows.
It is hoped the findings will give wider recognition of the medical benefits of the ancient Chinese art.
The research follows a previous study which showed acupuncture’s success in treating sickness in women recovering from breast surgery, including mastectomies. Read more »
BBC News 15 March, 2004
Acupuncture is used to treat pain.
Acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic headaches and should be more widely available on the NHS, experts say.
Writing in the British Medical Journal, UK researchers said patients who were given acupuncture had fewer days of headaches than those who were not.
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BBC News 30 March, 2005
Acupuncture combined with electronic stimulation can lower high blood pressure, US researchers say.
In tests on rats, the treatment lowered raised blood pressure by as much as 50%, the University of California team at Irvine found.
They are now testing to see whether the technique will have the same effect in people with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Read more »
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