Acupunture gets medical orthodoxy approval

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    Acupunture gets medical orthodoxy approval

    Monday 15 March 2004, 14:10 Makka Time, 11:10 GMT


    In Singapore, acupuncture is even used to treat animals





    In a concession by medical orthodoxy, health researchers agree
    acupuncture is a useful, cost-effective treatment for patients who
    suffer from chronic pain.

    In one of the largest randomised studies to assess the effectiveness
    of the ancient Chinese treatment, scientists found it worked better
    than conventional treatments.

    Dr Andrew Vickers, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New
    York, told journalist on Sunday that he had concentrated his research
    on pain relief, particularly migraines.

    "People using acupuncture had fewer headaches, less severe headaches
    and they used less health resources over the course of the following
    year,"

    Methodology

    The scientists compared acupuncture plus standard treatment to normal
    therapy alone in 401 patients in England and Wales who suffered from
    headaches several days each week.

    Their research is published online by the British Medical Journal.

    "For severely affected patients, acupuncture reduced the severity and
    the frequency of their headaches to make a real difference in their
    lives"

    Dr Andrew Vickers,
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York

    Patients who had been assigned acupuncture plus standard treatment
    received up to 12 treatments over three months.

    Initially there was not much difference between the two groups but at
    the end of the year-long trial the scientists noticed a big change.

    Results

    Patients receiving acupuncture had 22 fewer days of headaches per
    year, used 15% less medication, made 25% fewer visits to their family
    doctors and took fewer days off sick than the other group.

    There were not many side effects and Vickers and his colleagues also
    found that the treatment was cost effective.

    "For severely affected patients, acupuncture reduced the severity and
    the frequency of their headaches to make a real difference in their
    lives," Vickers said.

    Acupuncture was first used in China about 2000 years ago.

    It involves inserting very fine needles into the skin at specific
    points in the body and is one of the most popular forms of
    complementary medicine.

    German researchers have also said it could help women undergoing
    fertility treatment to conceive.

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