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Acupuncture treatment for pain: systematic review of randomised clinical trials with acupuncture, placebo acupuncture, and no acupuncture groups

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a3115 (Published 28 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:a3115

Re: Acupuncture treatment for pain: systematic review of randomised clinical trials with acupuncture, placebo acupuncture, and no acupuncture groups

As long as sham-acupuncture is performed in the same segmental region, either verum and sham acupuncture will both have effects.

In my opinion there are hardly any investigations with real sham-acupuncture and thus it's better to compare with no treatment or conventional threatment.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 October 2012
Erik De Wilde
Dentist/Acupuncturist
own practice
kluis 20 geleen the netherlands
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