Thursday, August 19, 2010

Acupuncture & placebo effect


Fake acupuncture appears to work just as well for pain relief as the real thing, according to a new study of patients with knee arthritis.

The findings, published in the September issue of the journal Arthritis Care and Research, are the latest to suggest that a powerful but little understood placebo effect may be at work when patients report benefits from acupuncture treatment, which involves inserting thin needles deeply into the skin at specific points on the body.[...]

1 comment :

  1. These Far Eastern refuos and other mediums are highly problematic in halacha.

    2 poskim have said that even the benign / less invasive ones are assur.

    While these poskim are controversial for other reasons, I have not heard anyone argue on them in this area.

    Rav Belsky says that any kind of summoning koychos, even just peacefullness with the Feng Shui arrangement of furniture is ossur Mid'Oraysah altz kosem kesomim.

    The Lubavitcher Rebbe said that Yoga is avak Avodah Zarah and assered his chassidim from taking part.


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