Acupuncture And Pain: "An excellent review article by Edzard Ernst, M.D., reports that the conditions that are most solidly backed up by evidence showing acupuncture helps are:
- chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting
- postoperative nausea/vomiting
- idiopathic headache (headache of unknown cause)
Many other diseases, both pain-related and not, were not helped by acupuncture. Ernst concludes that studies ‘do not suggest that this treatment is effective for a wide range of conditions.’"
[Read the rest for some limitations in the current literature]
The original article is Acupuncture: What does the most reliable evidence tell us?, in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2009, Vol 37, pages 709-714.
(Via How To Cope With Pain Blog.)