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Scientists say they have proof that acupuncture works in its own right.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4493011.stm

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I took a class on phisiological psychology last year. The textbook for the class and the professor who taught it said that there is very good evidence that acupuncture can reduce pain, although it does so for reasons different than what might be expected. Claims that it can do other things, like enhance healing or cure disease, are dubious. I can post more once I find the book and look up the information again.

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When I took up the piano again after some years, I experienced a touch of tendinitis in my right hand. I went to a little old Chinese man for accupuncture and he cleared it right up. I haven't had a recurrance since.

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Well, I guess it is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick (as my mother used to say).

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I think all you have to do to see if it actually works is try it on animals-- they wouldn't exhibit a placebo effect...
My dogs have had acupuncture for hip and back problems and it helped with the pain and loosened them up...
I don't know about the placing of the needles being linked to other parts of the body, though.

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I had acupuncture in the past. Having some background in martial arts and asian beliefs I had some idea of how it was supposed to work, although I may not agree with all the details.

In any case, on one of my first treatments my healer put a needle into the back of my leg, right behind the knee. I felt a pain in my foot, almost like someone shocked me with some type of electrical device. I had absolutely no clue something like that could happen.

I was fine, and I am doing much better, less pain - better health. Don't tell me it's all "in my head" when she was able to cause such a reaction in my body.

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