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This ebook investigates the medical foundation and efficacy of acupuncture and the standard of educating and criteria of competence in its practitioners. sufferers are more and more asking approximately CAM choices to orthodox clinical practices as they worry the side-effects of ever stronger conventional drug treatment. The e-book discusses the real questions of safety and the schooling and coaching of acupuncture experts. furthermore the ebook investigates GP's attitudes to acupunture and the level to which they give the therapy to their sufferers.
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Such a combination of research methods, including the randomised controlled trial, may provide answers to the outstanding questions raised by the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital, but it is clear that current standards of research into the clinical effectiveness of acupuncture require greater methodological rigour. Finally, it is important to consider that effectiveness measures in clinical trials do not take into consideration the comparative merits of particular forms of treatment. As health service resources are finite, considerations of cost and unwanted effects of particular treatments need to be considered.
One study (Brattberg, 1986) found that 56% of patients would have been at risk of an accident had they driven after treatment. The author speculated that this drowsiness might be the result of a fall in blood pressure or blood sugar, or the release of endogenous opiates, but that it would be impossible to predict who would experience it. Hence it was advised that, as with medication which might induce fatigue, patients should be warned against driving a car immediately after receiving acupuncture treatment.
Mills (1996) advocates the provision of a level of orthodox diagnostic training equivalent to that received by medical practitioners to counteract this possibility. A system of quantifying the risk is required in order to end the current state of speculation. Practitioners should consider the potential for interactions between adverse reactions to acupuncture and adverse reactions to orthodox drugs being taken at the time of treatment. For example, acupuncturists should have some awareness of drugs that cause drowsiness, since overall drowsiness experienced by the patient after acupuncture treatment may be exacerbated.