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The Acupuncture Evidence Project

January 2017

Although acupuncture has been practised for thousands of years, evidence of its effectiveness is still controversial. The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA) identified the need for an updated review of the evidence with greater rigour than was possible in the past and commissioned The Acupuncture Evidence Project. 

People who practiced acupuncture had greater pain reductions than those who got standard treatment

Acupuncture as effective as drugs in treating pain, trial shows.


An acupuncture trial in four Melbourne emergency departments has found it is just as good as drugs in relieving lower-back pain and that from sprained ankles and migraines.

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