researches in acupuncture
Kevin Clancy PhD
clancy at DRUID.HSC.COLORADO.EDU
Thu May 19 12:48:21 EST 1994
Could someone please post any recent introductary articles or texts on
actupuncture and studies on its uses.
Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research
1899 Gaylord St.,
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On 17 May 1994, Rifle River wrote:
> In article <Pine.3.89.9405151353.H14559-0100000 at eis.calstate.edu>,
> alstein at EIS.CALSTATE.EDU (AlangM Stein) wrote:
> > Here in southern california where in some neighborhoods there is a
> > acupunture shop on every bloack a puncturist is reported to have
> > recomended a patient stop taking sulfa for a bladder infection. How
> > effective is puncturing for this infection or should malpractice be
> > pursued?
> This sounds extremely dangerous. Malpractice should be pursued (if
> possible). I have not seen any evidence indicating that a bladder
> infection can be cured with accupuncture. I stopped reading this field in
> 1986. If anyone has any more recent evidence then please post sources
> which contradict or support my statements. The puncturist who thinks
> accupuncture can cure infections believes that accupuncture is a panacea.
> However, accupuncture can not *cure* anything. Many claim that
> accupuncture is useful for reducing pain. This statement has a greater
> probability of being true and much anecdotal evidence exists which supports
> this claim. However, when adequately controlled blind studies have been
> conducted (refs upon request) the pain reduction effect has disappeared.
> Many people also cite accupuncture use in China as evidence that there must
> be something to it. However, only 5% of surgeries in China actually use
> accupuncture and frequently the patient is given an anesthetic before the
> needles are inserted. This 5% seems odd because 33% of a population
> frequently show benefit based on placebo effect alone.
> Presumably, electroaccupuncture has had more success than needle
> accupuncture. However, the link between electroaccupuncture and needle
> accupuncture appears to be tenuous.
> Again, I haven't done any reading in this field in a long time. Please
> post sources, especially if they contradict what I have posted.
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