The Guardian published a fantastic opinion piece about acupuncture this month. The author, Sarah Marsh, asked readers if they found acupuncture effective. The result is surprisingly comprehensive. The piece discusses both physical and emotional aspects of acupuncture treatments. The author allows people who have both positive and negative experiences voice their opinion.
One of my favorite section is titled, "Not all types of acupuncture treatment are the same." In this section, the author makes it point to explain that not every treatment is equal. I love this! There are many different styles and techniques of acupuncture. In nearly every case, when the press discusses acupuncture this distinction is not mentioned.
I find it useful to remind people that saying "Acupuncture does (or does not) work" is like saying "Massage does (or does not) work." There are many kinds of massage for many kinds of problems. The same holds true for acupuncture.
Too often acupuncture is spoken about as if it is a faceless, mechanical act. The truth is acupuncture, like all medicine, is a craft. It is wonderful to see Sarah Marsh of the Guardian recognize this important fact.
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