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Acupuncture Health Article


This information is based on a professional level monograph edited and peer-reviewed by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration ( William Collinge, PhD, MPH (Collinge & Associates); Ethan Basch, MD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center); Steven Bent, MD, MPH (University of California, San Francisco); Dawn Costa, BA, BS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Cynthia Dacey, PharmD (Northeastern University); Levi Garraway, MD, PhD (Massachusetts General Hospital); Penelope Greene, PhD (Harvard School of Public Health); Dana A. Hackman, BS (Northeastern University); Paul Hammerness, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital); Jeffrey Peppercorn, MD, MPH (Harvard Medical School); Lisa Scully (PharmD, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy); David Sollars, MAc, LicAc (New England School of Acupuncture); Kristopher Swinney, PharmD (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences-Worcester); Isabell Syelsky, PharmD (Northeastern University); Brian Szczechowski, PharmD (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences-Worcester); Shaina Tanguay-Colucci, BS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Natasha Tiffany, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital); Catherine Ulbricht PharmD (Massachusetts General Hospital); Wendy Weissner, BA (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Shannon Welch, PharmD (Northeastern University); Jen Woods, BS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration).


DISCLAIMER: Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to Selected references are listed below.

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Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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