Sham Healthcare: The Real History of Acupuncture

2019-05-06 Acupuncture No comment

Although acupuncture is widely considered to be a viable health care method, the available evidence suggests that it has no effect at all. An academic study was conducted at the Department of Internal Medicine at Technische University in Munich, Germany. Thirty-four healthy volunteers received two laser acupuncture treatments at three acupoints LI4 [hégu], LU7 [liéque] and LR3 [táichong]; one with a functional laser and one with an ineffective laser, in random order. The only way to track a client's response to acupuncture is called the MGH Acupuncture Sensation Scale [MASS], which simply asks the client about the feeling of each acupuncture treatment. In this study, inactive laser treatment received the same positive response from all 34 participants, even those who had never received acupuncture treatment in their lives. If an even unopened laser initiates the same positive response to the laser using the precise target of the acupuncture site, this method cannot be considered as a scientific method of effectiveness for measuring the accumulated data of the data. Simply telling people that they are receiving acupuncture is enough to make them effective.

Acupuncturists claim to work in the medical field by using pressure or needles to interrupt the flow of force called "qi". No “qi” has ever been observed or measured, so no real scientific method can be used to show or even imply that it exists. For those who claim to be a mechanism for acupuncture and acupuncture as their main source of income, the belief that there is an unobservable, unmeasurable force of “qi” is long-standing. Any data that has a financial interest to prove that people working in the health care field use MASS will tend to support the effectiveness of that benefit.

Contrary to what we know about acupuncture, which has existed for thousands of years, it actually originated in France in the 18th century. The Chinese did practice a form of acupuncture, but it did not mention "qi". Apart from the use of a needle, it has nothing in common with modern practices. Archaeologists who discovered these needles at ancient Chinese sites reported that the needles were large [up to one foot] and there were many skulls with holes near the needles, suggesting that people have already died of this method. The modern methods we see today are completely different and invented by French doctors who used a smaller needle to resurrect a vague Chinese tradition that would not kill a patient. They also added their own skills, including explaining that the success of acupuncture is the manipulation of “qi”.

In 1821, Edward Joukes introduced the French version of imitation to France with Edward Joukes, a British midwife who used the French method to acupuncture a woman who complained of "lumbar pain." She did not study her condition after giving the needle. After a French doctor, Chevalier Sarlandiere, claimed that the French method was successful in the French medical journal, American doctors began to support its benefits. Franklin Bach, the great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin, discussed this practice in various medical journals in the United States in 1826 and positively evaluated it according to articles in French journals. None of these Americans have actually tried the method or tracked its success rate. Since the French version was considered to be from the "Ancient Chinese tradition," American doctors then began asking Chinese settlers about the details of the method. The poor and clever Chinese settlers joined the French details and then began offering the service because it paid a lot, did not cause any harm, and caused a positive response from the customer. This is where modern acupuncture has become part of Chinese culture and the Chinese name of acupuncture points has been adopted.

A closer look at the history and the various styles of acupuncture reveals that it is a relatively new phenomenon and there is no common method. There are Japanese, Thai, Korean and Indian versions, most of which were invented in the past few decades. Some styles require pins, some styles use touch, and some styles simply swing "energy meridians". All of these acupuncturist practitioners claim to have clinical efficacy, but no one has proven its value in a rigorous scientific exam.

It is also worth noting that acupuncturists mainly claim to treat psychosomatic diseases [impotence], intermittent [headaches, acne] or diseases that will eventually be completely eliminated [the common cold]. There are also a variety of endorphins and steroids [cortisols] that are released when the skin is punctured and can stop some pain in a short period of time; however, this can be compared to someone kicking a knee to stop them from feeling headache.

Acupuncture should not be allowed to enter modern health care because there is no evidence that there is "qi" and there is no common practice to assess that cultural phenomena and empirical evidence contradict its usefulness with little historical evidence. Since patients want to believe in their medical advice, honest and honest discussion of acupuncture is essential in the field of integrity communication. This editorial is completely honest to the reader, whether they like it or not. When we get the documentation that challenges our belief structure, can we treat ourselves honestly? We can.

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