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What is Acupuncture?

 Developed millennia ago in China, numerous recent studies conducted by "Western" scientists in Europe and the United States have found that acupuncture is at least moderately effective in treating pain and nausea.

For example, one of the largest studies to date on acupuncture and chronic pain — a meta-analysis of 29 well-conducted studies involving nearly 28,000 patients, conducted by doctors at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and published in October 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine — found that acupuncture is effective for treating chronic pain and therefore is a reasonable referral option. The doctors wrote that "[s]ignificant differences between true and sham acupuncture indicate that acupuncture is more than a placebo" but added that "these differences are relatively modest."

However, most doctors outside of the practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are not convinced that acupuncture can treat diseases, such as diabetes or liver or kidney diseases, as is prescribed by some practitioners in China.

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