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April 19, 2007

NY Times Says Acupuncture Doesn't Help Smokers

I'll be honest with you all, I agree to a good extent. I personally don't like treating patients for smoking cessation as I don't think it's very successful. Here's some of what the Times says:

Most studies, however, suggest they could just as well try something else. One of the most extensive studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, looked at more than a dozen past studies, most comparing acupuncture with sham, or fake, acupuncture and other control conditions. The scientists who led the study found that acupuncture and similar interventions — acupressure and electrostimulation, for example — were better in the short term than no treatment at all, but that over all they were not very effective.

Rest of the article here.

Posted by Admin at April 19, 2007 12:26 AM