University of Sydney researchers have shown that Paracetamol is no more effective than placebo in relieving acute lower back pain. This was the first placebo-controlled trial looking specifically back pain. Associate Professor Christine Lin, of the George Institute, said “We were also surprised with the results, as we expected to see a difference, compared to placebo and also among patients who took paracetamol as required. What we were most surprised about was that for pain severity we did not see a difference at any time point.”

For most practitioners of complementary medicine this is hardly a surprise. We have always advocated that paracetamol has little or no effect and CAM therapies and medicines more effective long-term solutions. One wonders if there will be any media frenzy surrounding this news.