I had posted about this study on my old blog, and I did not transfer it to this one because I thought it was old news; but it keeps coming up in conversation, so I am posting on it again. Some people cling to the tired dogma that "acupuncture has not been proven to work," and perpetuate that myth, in spite of the fact that it is demonstrably not true. After this meta analysis of a multitude of randomized controlled trials, by 32 of the world's leading researchers, the effectiveness of acupuncture is not a subject for speculation, and it is not up for serious debate, it is a scientifically proven fact. The effective sample size of this study is so large that it simply cannot be argued against.
Additionally, this study has been well covered by major news outlets. One can, for example, read the NY Times coverage of the study from 2012 here. As of the time of this writing this study has been cited to 329 times in other peer reviewed journals. In other words, medical professionals should be aware of it.
My aspiration is for this to become commonly known and understood. People want acupuncture, and they want integrated care. The individuals and institutions that respond to this demand will thrive.