The conclusion drawn was that acupuncture is an effective form of treatment for IBS, particularly the pain and stress symptoms, and that its benefits exceed those of standard relaxation treatment.
In 1999 the British Medical Journal advanced its opinion that hypnosis was effective for many more things including relief from the treatments of cancer, panic disorders, insomnia, phobias, obesity, pain, asthma, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
People, and companies, are paying for benefits that they rarely receive. A case in point: Acupuncture. I am a provider for three major companies, and for a host of smaller ‘providers’. Which is great, because they come to me through their directories. My negative experiences in attempting to ‘collect’ my fee up and above the co-pay, has both tainted my ability to go this route, and clarified for me one thing: Insurance Companies are perpetrating a racket.
That acupuncture, and alternative medicine in general, are both more effective (my add) and less expensive than Botox treatments is, for me, a given, and therefore less interesting than the subsequent line on the side effects of sticking a bovine toxin into your neck (yes Virginia, or Harry, sticking toxins in your neck can have deleterious side effects on you down the road)