The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture has been back in the news recently after a report that excessive crying in babies can be effectively treated by a course of acupuncture. A study of babies suffering from colic was carried out by a team at Lunds University in Sweden and found that babies who were treated by acupuncture appeared to be crying less. The testing method meant that parents were unaware whether their babies were in the group receiving acupuncture or in the control group. It was found that after two weeks, 38% of the babies in the acupuncture group were crying enough for it to be classed as colic, compared with 65% in the control group. The results seemed impressive and clear-cut. Could acupuncture be the answer to all sleep-deprived parents’ prayers?