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[MOL] AMA re: acupuncture

NIH Consensus Development Panel on Acupuncture
    [11/04/98; Journal of the AMA (Free Registration Required)]

Objective.--To provide clinicians, patients, and the general public
with a responsible assessment of the use and effectiveness of
acupuncture to treat a variety of conditions. 

Conclusions.--Acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention is widely
practiced in the United States. Although there have been many
studies of its potential usefulness, many of these studies provide
equivocal results because of design, sample size, and other factors.
The issue is further complicated by inherent difficulties in
the use of appropriate controls, such as placebos and sham acupuncture
groups. However, promising results have emerged, for example,
showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and chemotherapy
nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are
other situations, such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache,
menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain,
osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma,
in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or
an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management
program. Further research is likely to uncover additional areas
where acupuncture interventions will be useful. JAMA. 1998;280:1518-1524

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