Acupuncture for low back pain no longer recommended by NHS

The u-turn comes after a review of scientific evidence found that the practice was no better than a placebo in treating those living with low back pain and sciatica.

So why is acupuncture now being recommended by the CDC for all kinds of pain?

14 thoughts on “Acupuncture for low back pain no longer recommended by NHS

  1. For as far back as I can remember, most studies could not find acupuncture to be more effective than placebo. But most of these studies were also plagued with small sample numbers and various other uncontrollable factors, so the bottom line is that it is inconclusive. And I suspect that’s why the recommendations are inconsistent with regards to it. What has been shown multiple times though is the feasibility of the placebo effect! So if one believe acupuncture can help them, and they do it and see good results, then why the heck not go back and make yourself feel better? As long as it doesn’t do any harm, it’s worth a try! I am all for alternative therapy, but no needs for me, LOL!!

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    • Meant to say no *needles* for me (not “no needs”). Oops! Brain isn’t functioning on high-speed just yet. Also, worth noting I think is that alternative therapies could have a measurable effect, that is not placebo, but we may just not be measuring it appropriately. Maybe we need a different scale from what western medicine offers us to be able to see how it affects the body.

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  2. I’ve tried acupuncture 3 times. It did nothing. I bleed. I’m a very odd person, but there are sites where they put the needles that I always bleed from, and I don’t even notice it until I look.
    I left the office the first time I had it done and the person in the waiting room looked terrified. I looked down and saw there was blood running down my leg and the receptionist told me it was on my face too. The needles in my legs bleed and the ones in my scalp.
    I was told he didn’t know what he was doing.
    well I’ve tried it from 2 other people.
    All it did was make me nauseous, and bleed.

    Yet, just 2 weeks ago, my doctor asked me if I’d tried it for my neck.
    No, and I’m not wasting the money.

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    • I think a lot of doctors who practice acupuncture don’t know what they’re doing. And I can’t believe the U.S. has decided that acupuncture and other alternative therapies are actually part of medical science and adequate healthcare.

      I only remember one of my acupuncture treatments — in my shoulders and neck area — but I do remember the burning and shooting pain when the needles were inserted on my left side. (Nothing happened on the right side.) And I’m like, more pain? WTF? And no thanks.

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