In a March 2010 article in the Wall Street Journal article entitled Decoding an Ancient Therapy, scientists, physicians, and others defended their dichotomous viewpoints on acupuncture. Some argued there was no measurable effect besides placebo, whereas others claims the acupuncture points and meridians along which they’re located are irrelevant, while advocates explained:
Scientists are also finding parallels between the ancient concepts and modern anatomy. Many of the 365 acupuncture points correspond to nerve bundles or muscle trigger points. Several meridians track major arteries and nerves. “If people have a heart attack, the pain will radiate up across the chest and down the left arm. That’s where the heart meridian goes,” says Peter Dorsher, a specialist in pain management and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. “Gallbladder pain will radiate to the right upper shoulder, just where the gallbladder meridian goes.”
In contrast, a Dutch friend of mine, as a graduate student, studied the acupuncture points and found no special relationship between the points and other effects on the brain or body, concluding that it doesn’t really matter where you stick the needles.
Whether the effect is placebo, irrespective of the acupuncture points, or even partially dependent, I know many people who’ve had success with acupuncture even when other treatments methods failed, including my extremely skeptical father and myself.
Try it out and let yourself decide.
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