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Acupuncture is a collection of procedures which involves the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques, such as penetrating the skin with needles that are then manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation. It is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and is among the oldest healing practices in the world.  According to the traditional Chinese medicine approach, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as eridians. Scientific investigation has not found any histological or hysiological correlates for traditional Chinese concepts such as qi, meridians, and acupuncture points and some contemporary practitioners use acupuncture needles without following the traditional Chinese approach
Original Investigation | April 23, 2001 Randomized Trial Comparing Traditional Chinese Medical Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage, and Self-care Education for Chronic Low Back Pain Daniel C. Cherkin, PhD; David Eisenberg, MD; Karen J. Sherman, PhD; William Barlow, PhD; Ted J. Kaptchuk, OMD; Janet Street, RN, MN, PNP; Richard A. Deyo, MD, MPH Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(8):1081-1088. doi:10.1001/archinte.161.8.1081. Original Investigation | May 11, 2009 A Randomized Trial Comparing Acupuncture, Simulated Acupuncture, and Usual Care for Chronic Low Back Pain Daniel C. Cherkin, PhD; Karen J. Sherman, PhD; Andrew L. Avins, MD, MPH; Janet H. Erro, RN, MN; Laura Ichikawa, MS; William E. Barlow, PhD; Kristin Delaney, MPH; Rene Hawkes, BA; Luisa Hamilton, MD; Alice Pressman, MS; Partap S. Khalsa, DC, PhD; Richard A. Deyo, MD, MPH Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(9):858-866. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.65.
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