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This dialogue of acupuncture presents info in this widely-used remedy of complementary and substitute drugs, and informs the reader of the worth of acupuncture and its most likely position in the NHS.
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1Experimental groups received regular acupuncture in addition. 34 ACUPUNCTURE: EFFICACY, SAFETY AND PRACTICE Source: Ernst E (1999). Clinical effectiveness of acupuncture: an overview of systematic reviews. ) Acupuncture: a scientific appraisal. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann Reprinted by permission of Butterworth-Heinemann Source: Ernst E (1999). Clinical effectiveness of acupuncture: an overview of systematic reviews. ) Acupuncture: a scientific appraisal. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann Reprinted by permission of Butterworth-Heinemann THE EVIDENCE BASE OF ACUPUNCTURE 35 Table 8: Controlled trials of acupuncture for dental pain CCT=controlled clinical trial; RCT=randomised clinical trial.
1998) this question seems to have been answered in acupuncture’s disfavour. This rigorous, placebocontrolled RCT found no effect of either genuine or placebo acupuncture compared to a group who had no additional treatment. The interaction between acupuncturists and patients was strictly controlled and minimised. Collectively, these data suggest that the THE EVIDENCE BASE OF ACUPUNCTURE 21 effects of acupuncture in improving the recovery from stroke are mostly non-specific in nature. Acupuncture for dental pain Dental pain provides an accessible, temporary and relatively reproducible model for testing the analgesic effect of acupuncture.
A REVIEW OF ADVERSE REACTIONS TO ACUPUNCTURE 43 Contraindications of acupuncture Acupuncture is contraindicated in a number of situations which practitioners should be well aware of, and include: when patients are taking anticoagulant medication, when press needles (for auricular acupuncture) are used in patients with prosthetic or damaged heart valves, or when patients with pacemakers receive electroacupuncture. Electroacupuncture is also contraindicated if there is lack of skin sensation and in case of impaired circulation, severe arterial disease, undiagnosed fever, or severe skin lesions (WHO, 1999).
Acupuncture : Efficacy Safety and Practice by British Medical Association