Do the neural correlates of acupuncture and placebo effects differ?

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Pain (Impact Factor: 5.84). 04/2007; 128(1-2):8-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2007.01.001
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    ABSTRACT: Complementary therapies such as acupuncture are suggested to have enhanced placebo effects. Numerous high quality randomized controlled trials found that acupuncture is no better than its placebo control, however patients in both real and sham acupuncture groups report clinically meaningful symptom improvements. A possible interpretation of these trials is that acupuncture acts entirely by engaging placebo mechanisms. This article provides further evidence supporting that acupuncture might be a potent placebo, and explains how to address major concerns following this suggestion.
    Complementary therapies in medicine 08/2014; 22(4). DOI:10.1016/j.ctim.2014.05.005 · 2.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this article was to assess the clinical evidence for or against the blinding effect of non-penetrating sham needle as placebo needle. This systematic review included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture taking non-penetrating sham acupuncture as placebo needle. Systematic searches were conducted in 13 electronic databases up to July 2012: Medline, PubMed, the Cochrane Library, CINAHL, EMBASE, a Chinese medical database. All parallel or cross-over RCTs of acupuncture for the blinding effect of non-penetrating needle were chosen without language restrictions. Finally, totally 7 RCTs met the inclusion criteria. In conclusion, our systematic review and meta-analysis demonstrate that the non-penetrating needle is an effective instrument for placebo control in the acupuncture RCTs.
    Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science 02/2014; 12(1):8-11. DOI:10.1007/s11726-014-0738-1

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