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Date: 28.10.2010
From: Jules

Subject: Does anyone find benefit from acupuncture treatment?

Hi,
I am very curious to know if anyone here finds acupuncture beneficial either in reducing inflammation or pain.

Acupuncturists themselves make strong claims to be able to reduce inflammation and pain.

I have read some scientific papers online which suggest there is little evidence that acupuncture does much to help.

Thanks if you can provide any views from experience
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Date: 28.10.2010
From: Lynn B

Subject: Re: Does anyone find benefit from acupuncture treatment?

Hi Jules, sorry I dont have any experience myself, but my brother-in law has RA and has been going for acupuncture for 2yrs and swears by It. He has been able to carry on with his job as a lorry driver.
He says It helps him a lot and he is 64yrs old. dont know If that helps you or not I think Its a case of everyone is different, different things for different people. Take Care.
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Date: 31.10.2010
From: Jules

Subject: Re: Does anyone find benefit from acupuncture treatment?

Thanks for your response.
Seems very little interest in the subject here.

I've looked a little further into this, and feel that, wherever anything approaching rigorous science has been applied, precious little proof of any significant value (beyond the ALL IMPORTANT placebo effect) is found


http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Acupuncture/Pages/Evidence.aspx

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4508597.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7436512.stm
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Date: 31.10.2010
From: Paul

Subject: Re: Does anyone find benefit from acupuncture treatment?

I've tried it and crystal therapy and pretty much everything else but i found nothing worked.. only proper medicine and rest helped.
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Date: 03.11.2010
From: Tom H

Subject: Re: Does anyone find benefit from acupuncture treatment?

Yep, I tried it as well as Paul, didn't do much for me.
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