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‘The Opinions Expressed in the Article Are the Author’s Own’

‘The Opinions Expressed in the Article Are the Author’s Own’

A recent article in the Journal of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society(1) concluded that acupuncture is a non-medical healing ritual based on placebo, and furthermore that recommending it to treat low back pain may be unethical. I’m not sure exactly why the pharmaceutical society is publishing research on acupuncture, but to each their own. The study, entitled ‘Acupuncture for low back pain: ritual healing or medicine?’ by Ben Kavoussi, a frequent contributor to anti-acupuncture blogs, not so surprisingly found that acupuncture is just a load of hocus pocus. So, after reading the study, am I tempted to hang up my needles?

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AuthorMel Hopper Koppelman

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