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Acupuncture treatment in irritable bowel syndrome
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    Re: Acupuncture treatment in irritable bowel syndrome
    • George T Lewith, Reader in Complementary Medicine
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      • Michael E. Hyland

    Dear Editor,

    There is still substantial debate about the exact nature of the Streitberger needle and if indeed it is a “true placebo”: i.e. without any of the specific therapeutic effect associated with real acupuncture(1,2). Patients perceive Streitberger differently to real acupuncture which certainly would not be the case in a conventional drug trial with a tableted placebo.

    Streitberger generates nee...

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    Dear Editor,

    Re: Stratification by gender and subgroup is necessary for RCT on IBS by Prof. Bian

    Thank you for the communication of your interesting study results. Your findings highlight a problem especially for acupuncture research. Many experimental trials are pointing out the efficacy of acupuncture, also regarding problems of the gastrointestinal tract.[1-4] However, many of these trials are not a...

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    Stratification by gender and subgroup is necessary for RCT on IBS
    • Zhaoxiang BIAN, Professor
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      • Hong Kong Baptist University

    Dear Editor,

    We read with great interest the paper by Antonius Schneider et al. assessing acupuncture treatment in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).[1] They successfully recruited 43 patients with IBS according to Rome II criteria, and randomly assigned them to receive either acupuncture (n=22) (AC) or sham acupuncture (n=21) (SAC) using the so-called "Streitberger needle". Treatment duration was 10 sessions with an...

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