Acupuncture [a] is a form of alternative medicine  and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine TCM in which thin needles are inserted into the body. Acupuncture is generally used only in combination with other forms of treatment. The conclusions of numerous trials and systematic reviews of acupuncture are inconsistent, which suggests that it is not effective. Acupuncture is generally safe when done by appropriately trained practitioners using clean needle technique and single-use needles. Scientific investigation has not found any histological or physiological evidence for traditional Chinese concepts such as qi , meridians , and acupuncture points, [n 1]  and many modern practitioners no longer support the existence of life force energy qi or meridians, which was a major part of early belief systems.
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Acupuncture is often used for tension-type headache prophylaxis but its effectiveness is still controversial. We included randomized trials with a post-randomization observation period of at least 8 weeks that compared the clinical effects of an acupuncture intervention with a control treatment of acute headaches only or routine care , a sham acupuncture intervention or another intervention in patients with episodic or chronic tension-type headache. Two reviewers checked eligibility; extracted information on patients, interventions, methods and results; and assessed risk of bias and quality of the acupuncture intervention. Eleven trials with participants median 62, range 10 to met the inclusion criteria.
Skip to search form Skip to main content. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of penetration acupuncture on head in patients with acute ICH. View PDF.
Double-blind evaluation of acupuncture treatment has not previously been reported. We investigated the possible advantage of analgesic effects of needle penetration compared with skin pressure using non-penetrating needles in a double-blind study. We conducted a double-blind crossover study of penetrating and non-penetrating placebo acupuncture trials. We recruited 56 healthy volunteers. After each application of electrical stimulation, the subjects rated the pain intensity using a numeric rating scale 0— comparing it with the baseline pain intensity before the needle was applied.