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10th April 2009 - New research

ACUPUNCTURE FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Movement Disorders [2008] 23 (11) : 1505-1515 (Lee MS, Shin BC, Kong JC, Ernst E.)
Complete abstract

Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating needles into specific points on the body for therapeutic purposes. For more information go to Acupuncture. The objective of this review was to assess the clinical evidence
for or against acupuncture as a means of treating  Parkinson's Disease. The medical literature was assessed for clinical trials of acupuncture for Parkinson's Disease. Three clinical trials using acupuncture showed no effect. Six studies compared the use of acupuncture and conventional drugs against the use of only drugs. Only two out of six of these studies suggested a positive effect of scalp acupuncture. Two further clinical trials tested acupuncture versus no treatment. These studies also suggested beneficial effects of acupuncture. However, the results of the latter two types of trial failed to adequately control for non-specific effects. The authors conclude that the evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating Parkinson's Disease is unconvincing.

 

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