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Acupuncture Pain Relief Is Real, Researchers Say

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“These effects may be real relief,” says Rick Hecht, MD, research director at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. “There may be active ingredients that are still there even though the needles are not going into specific points and specific depths. What is doing it, you can’t tell, though other research is being done to break down the issue.”

Hecht was not involved in the study.

To Duarte, the fact that sham acupuncture shows benefits indicates that "sham" may be misleading.

“The word ‘sham’ implies it is a sham, but it may be beneficial,” he says. “Maybe the traditional acupuncture points are not as important as once thought.”

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