September 24, 2007
AP Front Page for German Acupuncture Study on Low Back Pain
Another great study showing Acupuncture's work on low back pain, and yet another to add to the Sham and Real Acu both work better than allopathic care.
Over 1100 patients enrolled and either got real acu, sham acu, or the typical western combo of drugs and PT. The improvement outcome rates were 47% for real, 44% for sham, 27% for western. The sham Acupuncture involved here was shallow needling of non-Acupuncture points. I haven't seen the actual study so I don't know where any of these needles went.
This is awesome from the abstract: Conclusions: Low back pain improved after acupuncture treatment for at least 6 months. Effectiveness of acupuncture, either verum or sham, was almost twice that of conventional therapy.
September 16, 2007
Australian Study Proves Acupuncture's Effectiveness with Allergies
at Melbourne's RMIT University, enlisted 80 patients aged from 16 to 70 for twice-weekly treatment sessions.Half received genuine acupuncture, where needles were inserted up to three centimetres deep into "acupoints", while the others had a sham therapy, which involved shallow and wrongly-placed insertions.
After eight weeks, patients treated with real therapy found a greater relief from symptoms than those on the fake version. And three months after therapy had ended this group still had fewer symptoms than their fellow sufferers.
I can't find the actual journal artile but the Yahoo 7 article is: Article Here