Apparently, Â fake acupuncture works nearly as well as real acupuncture, suggesting that much of the benefit of acupuncture is in the placebo effect.
For me, the idea that poking a bunch of small needles in someone’s back can reduce lower back pain is ridiculous. I dislike even getting a shot at a doctor’s office, so personally I’d rather take a double dose ofÂ pain killer thanÂ become a human pincushion.Â Â
However, I find the placebo effect of acupuncture fascinating. Clearly, there are many people who think they feel better after acupuncture.Â However, in the study mentioned in the CNN article, almost as many people who receive the “fake” acupuncture think they feel better after procedure as people who think they feel better after “real” acupuncture. After reading about this study, I am not impressed with acupuncture.Â I am impressed with the complexity of the human brain. There are many people who feel betterÂ just by thinking that they are going to feel better because of acupuncture, not because of any medical merit of acupuncture itself. There has to be some incredibly biochemistry going on in the brain to explain that. Makes me wish I knew more about how the brain works and that science, in general, knew more about the brain.