Research: MUSIAL and COLLEAGUES

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Abstract

MUSIAL and COLLEAGUES,  Innere Medizin V, Naturheilkunde und Integrative Medizin, Kliniken Essen-Mitte, Knappschafts-Krankenhaus, Universitat Duisburg-Essen, Stiftungsprofessur fur Naturheilkunde, Essen, Deutschland. f.musial@kliniken-essen-mitte.de investigate acupuncture and sham acupuncture efficacy in the reduction of chronic pain.

Background

The German acupuncture trials ART and GERAC have shown that acupuncture and sham or minimal acupuncture were equally effective in the reduction of chronic pain symptoms.

Methodology

These results have prompted an ongoing discussion as to whether acupuncture exerts its effects through a placebo response.

Results

Increasing knowledge about the neurobiology of pain and its intrinsic control suggests a combination of acupuncture-specific neurophysiologic effects combined with effects that match those of expectation-induced placebo analgesia.

Conclusion

References

Musial F, Tao I and Dobos G. [Is the analgesic effect of acupuncture a placebo effect?]. [German].   Schmerz, 23(4): 341-6. Aug 2009.

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