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Acupuncture doesn't work and can harm
« on: March 26, 2011, 11:59:54 AM »

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"Acupuncture doesn't work and can harm" schreibt Harriet Hall:

A systematic review of systematic reviews of acupuncture by Edzard Ernst has
just been published in the journal Pain, along with an editorial that I was
invited to write to accompany it.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/220037.php  I was delighted to have
a soapbox in a major medical journal to say all the things I thought needed
to be said about acupuncture.

Harriet Hall, MD
The SkepDoc

Das sind die Artikel:

E. Ernst, Myeong Soo Lee, Tae-Young Choi. Acupuncture: Does it alleviate pain and are there serious risks? A review of reviews. Pain, 2011; 152 (4) DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2010.11.004

Harriet Hall. Acupuncture's claims punctured: Not proven effective for pain, not harmless. Pain, 2011; 152 (4) DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2011.01.039


Acupuncture: Does it alleviate pain and are there serious risks? A review of reviews
E. Ernst, Myeong Soo Lee, Tae-Young Choi

Received 17 March 2010; received in revised form 1 November 2010; accepted 3 November 2010.

Sponsorships or competing interests that may be relevant to content are disclosed at the end of this article.


Acupuncture is commonly used for pain control, but doubts about its effectiveness and safety remain. This review was aimed at critically evaluating systematic reviews of acupuncture as a treatment of pain and at summarizing reports of serious adverse effects published since 2000. Literature searches were carried out in 11 databases without language restrictions. Systematic reviews were considered for the evaluation of effectiveness and case series or case reports for summarizing adverse events. Data were extracted according to predefined criteria. Fifty-seven systematic reviews met the inclusion criteria. Four were of excellent methodological quality. Numerous contradictions and caveats emerged. Unanimously positive conclusions from more than one high-quality systematic review existed only for neck pain. Ninety-five cases of severe adverse effects including 5 fatalities were included. Pneumothorax and infections were the most frequently reported adverse effects. In conclusion, numerous systematic reviews have generated little truly convincing evidence that acupuncture is effective in reducing pain. Serious adverse effects continue to be reported.


Acupuncture’s claims punctured: Not proven effective for pain, not harmless

Harriet Hall, M.D.
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