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Acupuncture: it is time to stop redundant, foolish, wasteful and unethical pseudo-science.
Acupuncture is a branch of alternative medicine where pseudo-science abounds. Here is yet another example of this deplorable phenomenon. This study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture in the management of primary dysmenorrhea. Sixty females aged 17-23 years were randomly assigned to either a study group or a control group. The study group received acupuncture for the duration of 20 minutes/day, for 15 days/month, for the period of 90 days. The control group did not receive acupuncture for the same period. Both groups were assessed on day 1; day 30 and day 60; and day 90. The results showed a significant reduction in all the variables such as the visual analogue scale score for pain, menstrual cramps, headache, dizziness, diarrhoea, faint, mood changes, tiredness, nausea, and vomiting in the study group compared with those in the control group. The authors concluded that acupuncture could be considered as an effective treatment modality for the management of primary