Is acupuncture more effective than “sham” acupuncture?

Even a¬†quick and casual review of modern clinical research regarding acupuncture efficacy will find may studies in which “sham” or “fake”¬†acupuncture is compared to “real” acupuncture. In some of these studies, “real” acupuncture is found to be “no more effective” than “sham” acupuncture.