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Acupressure: when all else fails, ignore the results and publish a favourable conclusion
Acupressure is a treatment-variation of acupuncture; instead of sticking needles into the skin, pressure is applied over 'acupuncture points' which is supposed to provide a stimulus similar to needling. Therefore the effects of both treatments should theoretically be similar. Acupressure could have several advantages over acupuncture: it can be used for self-treatment it is suitable for people with needle-phobia it is painless it is not invasive it has less risks it could be cheaper But is acupressure really effective? What do the trial data tell us? Our own systematic review concluded that the effectiveness of acupressure is currently not well documented for any condition. But now there is a new study which might change this negative verdict. The primary objective of this 3-armed RCT was to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of self-acupressure using wristbands compared with sham acupressure wristbands and standard care alone in the management of chemotherapy-induced