Originally Posted by Subfightr
Hi Noahm. I appreciate your response.
I have yet to find a double blind NON BIASED study in which acupuncture passes for anything other placebo. You can even get on youtube and watch people who have no idea what they are doing poke people with a compass or toothpicks, then watch the "patient" report how much better they feel. I am not aware of any scientific evidence for meridians, energy channels etc, these are very vague terms, with no ability to test if they actually exist (at least at the moment) Yes some modern doctor buildings do allow acupuncture and other pseudo science like the stuff Mr Meyagi does to daniel-son where he hovers his hands over him to "heal him". All I can figure is this does not have any side effect so one could say 'eh, couldn't hurt' and it may help a person mentally I'll give it that. Just like giving a Tylenol to a teen looking for a high and watch them tell their friends "dude Im so fucked up, you gotta try this"
Acupuncture, homeopathy etc all these things that try and pass as science do not even publish their "studies" in any real scientific journals. Its always in stuff like "Scientific Alternative Healing" Or the "chiropractic report.
I don't really want to get into a debate about acupuncture fact/fiction but I do want to point out that the power of a positive, healthy mind has been shown to have some kind of power in itself (more rapid healing, less stress on the body, etc.). So while the technique of acupuncture itself may have no direct effect, someone who truly believes in it may still gain a substantial benefit...similar to someone having regular massages to take away mental and physical stress vs. someone who just keeps it all bottled up inside (eating away at him mentally and eventually physically).
But then again...I don't quite believe in any of that stuff myself and I'm Asian.