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Trial just adds to acupuncture propaganda

The headline for your article on acupuncture is misleading and hides the limited findings of the study it reports on ('Acupuncture reduces hot flushes in women after menopause').

The findings of statistical significance are of limited clinical value for a very expensive and brief intervention. The authors also point out that there is a considerable confounding intervention - other than just sticking needles in - in that the 'acupuncture arm' patients got lifestyle advice as well.

Add to that the amazing recruitment bias and, at best, it is no more than further evidence of the placebo effect and the benefits of lifestyle advice by stealth. All this trial does is to add to the glut of pro-acupuncture propaganda.

From Dr Euan Lawson, Cumbria

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