Factors contributing to Therapeutic Effects Evaluated in Acupuncture Clinical Trials
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This is a comprehensive look at what is known about the different
types of acupuncture point stimulation. A very nice reference article
to have, and has free access to the article online.
Factors contributing to therapeutic effects evaluated in acupuncture clinical trials. Shi GX, Yang XM, Liu CZ, Wang LP. Trials. 2012 Apr 21;13(1):42.
ABSTRACT: Acupuncture treatment has been widely used for many
conditions, while results of the increasing numbers of randomized trials
and systematic reviews remain controversial. Acupuncture is a complex
intervention of both specific and non-specific factors associated with
therapeutic benefit. Apart from needle insertion, issues such as
needling sensation, psychological factors, acupoint specificity,
acupuncture manipulation, and needle duration also have relevant
influences on the therapeutic effects of acupuncture. Taking these
factors into consideration would have considerable implications for the
design and interpretation of clinical trials.