Fake acupuncture works just as well as the real thing in relieving migraines, scientists have found.
In a study of more than 300 patients, both genuine and sham acupuncture reduced the intensity of headache compared to (sic) no treatment at all.
But real acupuncture was no better than needles placed at non-acupuncture points on the body, the Journal of the American Medical Association reports.
It goes against recent research showing acupuncture works in its own right.
Of course, recent research does not show acupuncture working in its own right. Never mind, an important point has been made, namely that it doesn’t matter where the needles go. So any reported benefit can’t be due to releasing the flow of “qi” at specific points on the specific meridians (see picture), to balance yin and yang as claimed by the ancient Chinese and numerous new age bozos.
Acupuncture doesn’t work. Any benefit from sticking needles in people is due to some other effect. All the detailed training acupuncturists go through to learn about all these special magic points on the body, is a waste of time. You could train a nurse in probably about half an hour to stick needles in a patient at a fraction of the cost for the same benefit.