In my opinion and according to a review published in Headache Currents, March 2015, acupuncture is all placebo. The classic study was based in the United Kingdom and was performed in 2005 and consisted of a large number of migraine patients. The study was of high quality, randomized, and controlled. The 3 groups were as follows: Those who received real acupuncture, then sham acupuncture, and the third group was patients waiting to be entered into the trial. The sham and real acupuncture group both improved equally. The patients on the waiting list did not. Sham acupuncture involved needling, not acupuncture sites. This study has been replicated many times.
Jack Florin, MD
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