Acupuncture Evidence Project 2017

This 81 page booklet is a summary of the findings of the Acupuncture Evidence Project (McDonald J, and Janz S, 2017). The full document is available from the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA) http://www.acupuncture.org.au. The study found evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions, with stronger evidence for acupu cture’s effectiveness for some conditions than others. Acupuncture is considered safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner and has been found to be cost effective for some conditions. The quality and quantity of research into acupuncture’s effectiveness is increasing.

Of the 122 conditions identified, strong evidence supported the effectiveness of acupuncture for 8 conditions, moderate evidence supported the use of acupuncture for a further 38 conditions, weak positive/unclear evidence supported the use of acupuncture for 71 conditions, and little or no evidence was found for the effectiveness of acupuncture for five conditions (meaning that further research is needed to clarify the effectiveness of acupuncture in these last two categories).

In addition, research showed that acupuncture was cost effective for
10 conditions, and is safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner.
The level of evidence has increased over the 11-year period of this
study for 24 conditions. Placebo-controlled clinical trials consistently
underestimate the true effect size of acupuncture (which means that acupuncture is more effective than the type of trials used in this review show), yet they have still demonstrated National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Level I evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions.

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