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TCA was not superior to sham acupuncture. However, acupuncturists' style had significant effects on pain reduction and satisfaction, suggesting that the analgesic benefits of acupuncture can be partially mediated through placebo effects related to the acupuncturist's behavior.
(the American College of Rheumatology)
My personal opinion is that there may be something to the meridian theory having experienced this by only one master acupuncturist out of several doctors. I actually did feel a "deep pressure" along a leg meridian with a light, shallow needle. It definitely was not a placebo and I know what nerve pain feels like. Whether or not acupuncture can help with all conditions claimed is another issue that I am trying to keep an open mind about. The main problem may be that they have not been able to make a perfect fake or "sham" acupuncture when there is no question that acupuncture helps with pain. I have found other studies in 2002 and 2005 having similar results as above. I also found another article concluding that acupuncture cannot make changes to flexibility or the tightness of the muscle but helped with pain.
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Anthony Tsai, D.C.
Chiropractor in San Jose, CA
Graston Technique Certified
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