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Review of acupuncture for schizophrenia
  1. Nicholas Beecroft, Registrar in Psychiatry
  1. The Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8A2 (UK)
  1. Hagen Rampes, Senior registrar
  1. South Kensington & Chelsea Mental Health Unit, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, 1 Nightingale Place, London SW10 9NC (UK)

    Summary

    There is a paucity of scientific data on the use of acupuncture or low-power laser treatment in schizophrenia. The authors have conducted a literature search, identifying eight papers on the subject: all were significantly flawed, most seriously so. The papers suggest that acupuncture and low-power laser treatment may be as effective as chlorpromazine in schizophrenia. However no scientifically sound conclusions can be drawn. Better designed research is required before acupuncture can be considered a suitable treatment for schizophrenia.

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