Acupuncture No Better Than Placebo for Back Pain – 4.10.2016


Acupuncture.clowns.cartoonThe United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has concluded that acupuncture is no better than a placebo in treating low back pain and sciatica. Its draft guidance report also said that enough studies had been done to conclude that further research is unlikely to alter this conclusions. NICE’s 2009 guideline had recommended considering up to 10 sessions of acupuncture needling over a period of up to 12 weeks. [Davis N. Acupuncture for low back pain no longer recommended for NHS patients. The Guardian, March 24, 2016] 

DR. RAMEY NOTES:  If it doesn’t work in people, it sure doesn’t work in horses.  It may work on people who own horses, however, making them think that horses are getting an effective therapy.

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