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A Harvard team including acupuncture scholar and researcher Ted Kaptchuk has found that placebo pills work even when patients know what they are taking.
Acupuncture at Baihui DU-20 increases cerebral blood flow, according to a Japanese study.
Laser stimulation of acupoints leads to activation of specific brain regions, with different patterns of neural activity for each acupuncture point.
Patients experience enhanced touch sensations (ETS) as part of non-penetrating placebo acupuncture and these may be important in the ability of placebo needling to evoke a healing response.
UK researchers have found acupuncture to have significant and sustained benefit for patients who frequently attend GP surgeries with medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS).
Japanese style, superficial acupuncture (SA) has measurable and specific effects on the brain, according to Korean scientists.
Japanese researchers have found strong evidence that the stimulation of Shanzhong REN-17 can specifically increase activity in the parasympathetic nerves of the heart.
A German team has carried out a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials with the aim of investigating the size of non-specific effects associated with acupuncture interventions.
Verum acupuncture has a significantly greater analgesic effect than non-penetrating sham acupuncture (NPSA), according to a group of European researchers (including Konrad Streitberger who developed the sham acupuncture needle).
The analgesic benefits of acupuncture may be partially mediated through placebo effects related to the acupuncturist's behaviour, according to US researchers.