Should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain?

Two experts debate the issue

Some see acupuncture as a safe alternative to drugs, while others argue there’s no convincing evidence of clinical benefit and there may even be potential for harm. 

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So should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain? Two experts debate the issue in the BMJ.
 
Acupuncture is a safe alternative to drugs for chronic pain, argues Dr Mike Cummings, medical director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
 
He says the biggest and most robust dataset for acupuncture in chronic pain comes from a review of data from 20,827 patients, showing

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