American scientists have shown that the effect of traditional Chinese acupuncture in the case of osteoarthritis of the knee did not exceed that of imitation of therapy.People who received both types of treatment, noted a significant reduction in pain.
However, the style of communication with the patient the doctor has a significant impact on the effectiveness of treatment.Therapists who have an optimistic attitude and confidence in success, achieved great success in the treatment, while the neutral-minded doctors could boast a more modest result.
Acupuncture - an ancient Chinese practice, which is based on the impact on well-defined reflex zones using fine needles.Thanks to well-conducted treatments subside the pain and redistribute energy flows.This method is widely used in the treatment of arthritic pain.
In a study of 455 patients with
purpose of the study - to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture as a method of treatment and to determine the dependence of treatment success by spirit doctors in every case.To do this, doctors refleksoterapevtov produces two styles of communication with patients.
working with one group of patients, the doctor expressed the most optimistic expectations of the treatment, when engaging with others behave neutral when talking about success and its absence as equally probable scenarios.
patients were randomly divided into three groups: the first working doctor with a positive attitude, the second - the neutral and in the treatment of patients in the third group of acupuncture method was replaced by placebo.
After a six-week course of patients interviewed on the subject of change in the intensity of pain and the appearance of other symptoms.
difference results between the two groups, which were treated with acupuncture and placebo was very small, but still in favor of the acupuncture treatment method.
Regarding the different styles of communication of doctors, 41% of the patients in the group in which the doctor was optimistic, said a significant improvement in well-being, while the other group only 33% showed the same result.
According to scientists, despite the small scale of the study, the findings are pretty convincing.The first manifestation of the pain is very dependent on the mood of the patient and others.Secondly, there is reason to assume that the efficiency of the method of acupuncture is largely due to the placebo effect
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