Does Acupuncture Work?

I’m going to find out if acupuncture might help with back pain – sciatica. Treatment starts Monday and then every day for a week.  It will be interesting to see if anything changes. There seems to be conflicting scientific evidence about its efficacy. The University of Maryland says that there is a positive effect beyond the placebo effect. That study was reported on  In the book, Trick or Treatment, the authors say this, “there is no scientific basis for the concept of meridians and no high-quality evidence testifying to the benefits of acupuncture beyond a placebo effect.”  In the July 29, 2010 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, it says on page 456, “of 6459 patients, showed that real acupuncture treatments were no more effective than sham acupuncture treatments.”

  • Monday – I had my first treatment. It felt like a pin prick and then an electrical vibration as the pins were attached to an electrical device. The pins were inserted for 20 minutes. Results – No change in my condition.
  • Tuesday – same treatment – no effect
  • Wednesday – needles sticking in hurt more today and the electrical stimulation seemed to make my muscles twitch. I had him turn down the stimulation. That night I hurt so much I had to take pain pills and sleep downstairs.

That was enough for me. I was getting worse instead of better. I called off the rest of the treatments for the week. Needless to say the chiropractor wanted to continue with the other 27 treatments. No thanks!


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Posted on October 18, 2010, in Health. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Tom, It works for my father-in-law; but he has been in Japan when he has had acupuncture. He did something to his back as he stepped off the plane at the beginning of a 3 week trip; he was doubled over in pain; 24 hours later (after treatments) he was fine and had no trouble for the rest of the trip (or after he got home).

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