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March 22, 2009

The Growing Use of Acupuncture

An article was published in the Washington Post that gives the general status of acupuncture and alternative medical treatment in the United States. The article gives examples of what is happening in regards to the latest research results, use and acceptance, and how it is perceived by medical and science professionals.

"We have this double standard," she said of the medical profession. "We are completely comfortable using pharmacological therapies that have not been subjected to clinical trials for the purposes we use them, but we are super suspicious of alternative therapies that haven't been tested with randomized placebo trials. From a research point of view, I understand the criticism. But we physicians are in the healing business, and we have to go beyond the pharmacological solutions to understand the whole person," she said. "Acupuncturists start with the whole person."

News: Washington Post March 17, 2009

Posted by mpence at March 22, 2009 10:32 PM