Study backs benefits of acupuncture

Results from the review of 29 studies involving 18,000 adults provided “the most robust evidence to date that acupuncture is a reasonable referral option”, the authors said.

Their analysis adds to evidence that acupuncture may benefit a range of conditions, combining results from studies of patients with common types of chronic pain – recurring headaches, arthritis or back, neck and shoulder pain.

The studies had randomly assigned patients to acupuncture or to control groups receiving