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Is there any place for acupuncture in 21st century medical practice? Friends of Science in Medicine says "no."

TOT BRAIN PERIL Chiropractors treating babies with 'dangerous' procedure they falsely claim treats colic. Experts warn the practice risks injuring spinal cords and could leave youngsters brain damaged

BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Jul 29;16(1):257. doi: 10.1186/s12906–016–1242–6. Using auriculotherapy for osteoarthritic knee among elders: a double-blinded randomised feasibility study. "Auriculotherapy (AT) is a therapeutic method in which specific points on the auricle are stimulated to treat various disorders of the body, and the therapeutic value and synergistic effect of laser auriculotherapy (LAT) when combined with magneto-auriculotherapy (MAT) merits further investigation."

'Acupuncture isn't worth the risk for cyclists'

Opinion: The trouble with acupuncture, point by point

J Tradit Chin Med. 2016 Jun;36(3):382–91.

Reporting quality and effect size comparison in randomized controlled trials of bo's abdominal acupuncture using CONSORT statement and STRICTA.

J Tradit Chin Med. 2016 Jun;36(3):271–82.

Effectiveness of acupuncture in postoperative ileus: a systematic review and Meta-analysis. As is ALWAYS the case: "The results suggested that acupuncture might be effective in improving POI; however, a definite conclusion could not be drawn because of the low quality of trials. Further large-scale, high-quality randomized clinical trials are needed to validate these findings and to develop a standardized method of treatment."

Acupuncture-Related Quality of Life Changes Using PROMIS Computer Adaptive Tests in a Pragmatic Trial with Oncology and General Integrative Medicine Patients: The Role of Baseline Acupuncture Expectations.

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