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March 11, 1974

A Mini-Symposium on Acupuncture

Author Affiliations

Long Beach, Calif

JAMA. 1974;227(10):1122. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230230014006

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To the Editor.—  Since the acupuncture controversy began in the United States in 1971, progress in research and scientific study has followed. Universities have started investigative studies. Dr. George Ulett from Missouri Institute of Psychiatry is conducting studies for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The role of suggestion and its effects are recorded by electroencephalogram in computerized fashion, and comparative studies between hypnoanalgesia, acupuncture analgesia, and chemical analgesia are being undertaken.There is no doubt that body meridians with its acupoints do not have valid scientific anatomical correlation except for a few new points. The present studies made under NIH supervision revealed almost equal results in treating patients by trained or untrained acupuncturists. Success rate in treating patients for a variety of reversible conditions remain amazingly the same: 40% to 60% cure rate or improvement. The induction methods are different on the surface, but all are sustained by the