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.
The effectiveness of acupuncture therapy in patients with post-stroke depression
Xin-Yan Zhang;Yu-Xiang Li et al; 2019
The Art and Science of Acupuncture
Niemtzow Richard C. ; 2019