Is acupuncture merely a trigger for placebo response (which parenthetically is not necessarily a bad thing), or does it deserve a rightful place in modern, scientific medicine? Currently, it depends upon whom you ask.1 Obviously, anatomy and physiology are a constant, regardless of paradigm. Likewise, there is overlap between what Western medicine treats and the purview of acupuncture. So, how do we answer the question? Historical perspective may provide some clues.
Die Behandlung von Akne mit Chinesischer Medizin
Al-Khafaji Mazin; 2018
Efficacy of herbal medicine (cinnamon/fennel/ginger) for primary dysmenorrhea
Yincong Xu e al.; 2020
Effectiveness of acupuncture on anxiety disorder
Xiang‐yun Yang et al; 2020