Acupunctuur zinvol bij veel aandoeningenIn 1997 kwamen experts in de USA samen, om te spreken over de zinvolheid van acupunctuur in de moderne geneeskunde. Er was een duidelijke consensus: acupunctuur is zeer zinvol, vooral voor bij pijnbestrijding en postoperatief braken en misselijkheid.
Dit is de originele samenvatting van die conferentie:
Acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention is widely practiced in the United States. While there have been many studies of its potential usefulness, many of these studies provide equivocal results because of design, sample size, and other factors. The issue is further complicated by inherent difficulties in the use of appropriate controls, such as placebos and sham acupuncture groups. However, promising results have emerged, for example, showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program. Further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture interventions will be useful.