A research team from the University of Exeter, did a randomised control trial and investigated having Acupuncture added to the care of difficult to diagnose cases from GPs in London.
They found that acupuncture had a significant and sustained benefit for these patients and consequently acupuncture could be safely added to the therapies used by practitioners when treating frequently attending patients with medically unexplained symptoms.
Dr. Charlotte Paterson, who managed the randomised control trial said "Our research indicates that the addition of Acupuncture resulted in improved overall well-being that was sustained for up to a year."
"Such intervention would result in potential resource savings for the NHS, and would also improve the quality of life for a group of difficult to treat patients. The research was published in the British Journal of General Practice.