I’ve recently become aware of the *ahem* un-biased opinion of acupuncture according to Wikipedia. It seems as though the writer has exercised some leniency with his/her objective “findings”.
Since I’m an acupuncturist, you can assume that I am a non-biased party. Although I try to be as unbiased as possible when it comes to medicine, not everything can be put “on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the worst…” as Western medicine must try to quantify…with everything. It makes life a series of 1’s and 0’s…you know, very “scientific”.
So, let’s break down some of the ideas in Wikipedia:
1. The idea that evidence based medicine is superior to any other form of medicine. Well, it isn’t. Just because there is evidence to prove something is valid, does not make it worthwhile. Let me chime in here with a list of pharmaceuticals that were approved for sale using “evidence based medicine” and later pulled off the market for maiming and killing people (all in the name of corporate profiteering): Paxil, Vioxx, Fen-Phen to name just a few. To see more, visit http://www.drugrecalls.com or visit http://www.recalls.gov. There’s a special section just for medicine, and I’m pretty sure it’s not about acupuncture.
Isn’t the hippocratic oath taken by doctors swearing to practice medicine ethically? Obviously, someone didn’t wikipedia that one. I digress.
2. Yin, yang, qi sounds like a whole lot of smoke. I can’t believe that the ancient Chinese could not have realized that they were using the wrong medical terms at the time! Trying to explain and name things that could not be seen with the naked eye is not a downfall. They were trying to advance medicine. Even today with the highest power electron microscopes, there are still things that exist which we cannot see. And today we do it to try and advance medicine. It’s a continuum. How can the pot call the 2000 year-old kettle black?
3. This one’s a good line from the Wikipedia…”Acupuncture was developed prior to the science of human anatomy and the cell theory upon which the science of biology is based”. Um, well, the science of human anatomy and cell theory may explain a little bit of medicine now. So, how come the great “science of human anatomy and cell theory” hasn’t figured out the mysteries of the human body? I’ll tell you. It’s because it’s flawed. Every medicine that is practiced today has flaws. This is why we need all forms of medicine to continue to be practiced, lest we lose some simple knowledge of the past in hopes that we’ve come so far as to not need it anymore.
So, I know I’m preaching to the choir about this, because people who don’t believe in alternative medicine probably won’t be looking at my blog for information. Usually I will see them in my office when they’ve exhausted all of the treatments that Western medicine provides and they are at the end of their rope and are looking for a miracle. And suddenly, they believe in acupuncture.
Oh, there will be more from my little brain soon…Right now, it’s on fire! Oh yeah, can someone with an actual acupuncture background rewrite the Wikipedia link on acupuncture? Please?