A new study has found that acupuncture is no more effective at treating a common chronic condition than imitation treatments.
Researchers tested conventional acupuncture against treatments in which needles were improperly applied for 12 weeks in 100 patients suffering from a condition characterized by chronic pain in the head and torso.
The study concludes that adding acupuncture to other treatments the patients were already using provided no greater pain relief than sham acupuncture treatments.
In the study, patients in all the groups improved, but very early, after only one or two treatments.
That's far earlier than most acupuncturists would expect an improvement.
The study is published in Tuesday's issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.