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Acupuncture Research
Acupuncture is in an interesting stage as it is slowly but surely bridging the East-West medical divide. To be able to do this it must be able to stand up to rigorous Western trials. 

In October 2012 the largest analysis of acupuncture ever conducted involved nearly 18,000 patients and doctors from eight universities and hospitals in the UK, the U.S. and Germany from 29 quality trials. They found that traditional acupuncture works better than a placebo.

In fact, for conditions such as arthritis and chronic headache, acupuncture was twice as effective as the drugs and exercise recommended by most doctors, according to the analysis published in the authoritative Archives of Internal Medicine: Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

One study found acupuncture effective for symptom reduction in Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PSTD): PTSD Study
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