Study author Daniel Ryan, of the Society for Science Based Healthcare, said despite complaints many companies were allowed to make misleading health claims and receive substantial ACC funding.
The Medicines Act prohibits the publication of advertisements that claim a treatment can prevent, mitigate or cure any of a list of serious conditions, such as infertility and cancer. The study looked at claims being made by acupuncturists in New Zealand.
The study found the three most frequent claims regarded the treatment or prevention of mental illness, infertility, and arthritis. Combined, these claims appeared on three-quarters of the websites that were examined.
It also found that figures released under the Official Information Act showed ACC spent $33.2m on acupuncture claims in the 2016/17 year, up from $15.6m in 2009/10 – with a total of $210m in the last decade.
“The best scientific evidence suggests that acupuncture is no more than a theatrical placebo.
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