AcupunctureAcupuncture, real or fake, helps aching back: study from Reuters reports on a study that showed using needles or toothpicks have the same effect on people.

Acupuncture brought more relief to people with back pain than standard treatments, whether it was done with a toothpick or a real needle, U.S. researchers said on Monday in a study that raises new questions about how acupuncture works.

There are some people who say that piercing the skin is not required. Well, if anything, this study kind of proves it.

After eight weeks, 60 percent of the patients who got any type of acupuncture reported significant improvement in their ability to function compared with those who got standard medical care alone.

But there was no significant difference in the pain relief people got from the acupuncture using needles or from toothpicks.

I have never personally received or seen an acupuncture procedure.

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