Doctor: Acupuncture works by 'placebo effect'

Oct 14, 2007 Read more: Hattiesburg American 6

Q. I remember from reading your past columns that you're no fan of acupuncture. I ran across the enclosed article; 'Acupuncture Works for Back Pain' and wondered if you would care to comment. via Hattiesburg American

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Since: Sep 07

Laramie, WY

#1 Oct 15, 2007
I, for one, am a firm believer in accupuncture. I think that just because you are a traditionally trained, Western medicine doctor, doesn't mean you should limit the possibilities of what can actually help heal a patient.
Samantha

Australia

#2 Oct 17, 2007
I agree with you MellyMel.

Acupuncture is a great adjunct to conventional medical treatment.

We have doctors here in Australia who study both conventional and alternative medicine and can treat patients with whatever approach they feel would work the best for the patient.
interestedReader

New York, NY

#3 Oct 23, 2007
Interesting comment by the doctor about how the more invasive and expensive a treatment option is, the more of a placebo effect it will have. If that was the case, surgery should have a 100% cure rate.

Contrary to what you claim, acupuncture does not involve a very uncomfortable procedure of inserting hundreds of needles. It is a very gentle technique that involves the insertion of as little as 1 and usually no more than 20 almost hair thin needles just below the surface of the skin. Many patients, in fact, find this to be a very relaxing experience and fall asleep during treatment.

I do not argue with the effectiveness of Western medicine, but find it to be very narrow minded when its practitioners criticize other modalities that they obviously know very little about.
joliegirl777

Eden, TX

#4 Oct 24, 2007
I have had acupuncture and loved it ! It helped with the pain I was experiencing and my energy level returned. I think that health insurance companies should cover acupuncture if they really wanted to cut their expenses. When I was an employee there, I even suggested to Forrest General Hospital of a way to help their employees with the health insurance was to also allow coverage for acupuncture, accupressure, chiropractic treatment, and other holistic type healthcare treatments.
joliegirl777

Eden, TX

#5 Oct 24, 2007
mellymel21384 wrote:
I, for one, am a firm believer in accupuncture. I think that just because you are a traditionally trained, Western medicine doctor, doesn't mean you should limit the possibilities of what can actually help heal a patient.
I agree with you. I think that there is a healthcare conspiracy in this country. With the ultimate goal being to keep people sick so they can contine to be treated and continually line the pockets of the insurance companies, and people in the medical field.
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#6 Sep 24, 2013
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