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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. 
Kevin Clancy

Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research
1899 Gaylord St.,
Denver, Colorado
phone: (303) 333 4515

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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