The results of this meta-analysis suggest that real acupuncture has superior effect over placebo acupuncture in increasing parasympathetic tone and in this way may improve physical well-being.

This result may explain the empirical knowledge of practising clinicians that acupuncture can be effective in wide variety of physical illnesses related to chronic stress.

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Complement Ther Med. 2023;72:102905. doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2022.102905

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