Reader Wilson sent me a link to this acupuncture study write-up - No difference in pain intensity from penetrating acupuncture needles: study – suggesting I might actually like this one. Well, just look at the headline! For once a sensible headline and write up of an acupuncture study:
The pain-relieving effects of acupuncture with penetrating and non-penetrating needles are largely the same, Japanese researchers say.
In Tuesday's issue of the online journal Open Medicine, researchers described the first double-blind study, the gold standard in clinical research, of acupuncture.
"Needle penetration did not confer a specific analgesic advantage over non-penetrating (placebo) needle application," Nobuari Takakura and Hiroyosi Yajima of Tokyo Ariake University of Medical and Health Sciences concluded in the journal.
So it doesn’t matter if the needles penetrate the skin or not. Well, we already know it doesn’t matter where you stick the needles. Now we know it doesn’t matter if you stick them. And they didn’t even call for “more studies” to find out what is going on. I’m in shock.
They also commented on the study I wrote about last week:
Last week, a similar study also found no difference between real and simulated pricks for relieving lower back pain.
Snicker – they said "real and simulated pricks." And even then, they still made more sense than most other news articles about that study.