Mind Over Spine


Keep the cap on that ibuprofen. Your brain is powerful medicine for back pain, according to a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Back-pain sufferers who had 7 weeks of simulated acupuncture—during which a clinician gently prodded them with toothpicks instead of inserting needles—felt just as much relief as those who underwent real acupuncture. Study author Dan Cherkin PhD, says it’s possible that the benefits of acupuncture stem from the patient’s belief that the treatment will be helpful—a pill-free placebo effect.



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