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Phantom Needling: Novel Sham Acupuncture Technique

By | August 10th, 2014|Acupuncture research, Autonomic Nervous System, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

Fractals in Nature: HRV Is One of Them A Vitaly Napadow article which explores using a video camera to suggest that a patient is getting acupuncture, when in fact they are not.  There are many interesting findings.  A key finding that affects my work and conclusions is that vagal enhancement seems to accompany [...]

Placebo Effect Varies with Type Administered

By | January 26th, 2014|Acupuncture research, First Do No Harm: Risks|

This study compiled many studies already performed and showed that sham acupuncture and sham surgery had a higher placebo effect than a sham pill for migraine treatment.  The commentary challenges the researchers take away lesson, however, and feel that clinicians should harness the placebo effect if it works better than standard treatment.  Given that the [...]

Knee Surgery for Meniscus Repair No Better Than Placebo

By | January 14th, 2014|First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

Of course, surgery is one of the most powerful placebos that exist.  But the studies that have actually looked at placebo surgery are vanishingly rare.  So bravo that they looked, and shame on surgeons that they so seldom scrutinize the real value of their procedures. THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Improvements in knee [...]