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How many parents have brought their child to acupuncture treatments? You may be interested in a big new research study last week which looked at all the best data — and found a 12% rate of “mild” adverse events from acupuncture. This systematic review, published in Pediatrics magazine, concluded that “that acupuncture is safe when performed by appropriately trained practitioners”. I actually don’t agree so much with that; on one hand, there’s still a 1% risk of severe adverse events such as a punctured lung. But I also think a 12% rate of mild events is still unacceptable when the benefits of treatments for acupuncture are so unclear. Where is the risk & benefit analysis here? And why would a parent subject their child to a poorly understood treatment when there’s even a small risk of serious adverse effects? You can hear more about this issue at my podcast at the above links.
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