By British Medical Association
This dialogue of acupuncture presents info in this widely-used treatment of complementary and substitute drugs, and informs the reader of the worth of acupuncture and its most probably position in the NHS.
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This foundation course might include some basic knowledge of pharmacology and an appreciation of the hazards in removing patients from prescribed medication, for instance, in interrupting a course of antibiotics. Most fundamentally, such a basic course would instil in all practitioners understanding of the ways in which apparently innocent symptoms—often the common ones—can often be indicative of serious disease. This element of core ‘medical’ knowledge is associated with the need for therapists to establish the limits of their competence, and to be aware of when it is necessary to actively encourage the involvement of the patient’s doctor (Box 1).
1989b), and there could have been some other undisclosed risk factors, such as sexual practice (MacPherson and Gould, 1998). The Department of Health has issued advice to practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine on the precautions to take to avoid the theoretical risk of transmission of variant Creutzfeldtjakob Disease (vCJD) (DoH, April 2000). They state that although there is currently no evidence to link any cases of vCJD to date with any surgical procedures or with transmission by blood, the Department cannot rule out a possible risk and so considers it prudent to take precautions to avoid this theoretical transmission wherever possible.
All showed some benefit of acupuncture compared to the control intervention. None of these trials was placebo-controlled, so it is impossible to say whether the effect was due to the placement and stimulation of the needles, or due to the extra attention and mental stimulation given to the subjects. , 1998) this question seems to have been answered in acupuncture’s disfavour. This rigorous, placebocontrolled RCT found no effect of either genuine or placebo acupuncture compared to a group who had no additional treatment.