Acupuncture 'improves unexplained symptoms'

Posted on 31 May 2011

People paying for care who are troubled by unexplained symptoms could benefit from alternative Chinese therapy acupuncture, a study indicates.

Significant and sustained benefits were observed in unexplained symptoms patients who underwent the treatment, according to the study published in the British Journal of General Practice.

Participants underwent five-element acupuncture consultations and filled in a health status survey to measure the effect the treatment had on their wellbeing.

Patients who had undergone the acupuncture therapy showed a significantly improved score in the questionnaire than a control group who had not received the treatment.

Utilising the treatment could not only improve quality of life in such patients, but also save stretched NHS resources.

Researcher Dr Charlotte Paterson stated: "While further studies are required, this particular study suggests that GPs may recommend a series of five-element acupuncture consultations to patients with unexplained symptoms as a safe and potentially effective intervention."

Acupuncture is a complementary or alternative medicine (CAM), which means the it is not always based on scientific evidence and is therefore different in significant ways to conventional western medicine.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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