It’s not a question of does acupuncture work. Acupuncture has been working for over two thousand years and is used around the world. Still, the idea of it is somewhat daunting. Associations with hypodermic needles and memories of sewing needles in the carpet found with one’s foot come to mind. I think it’s weird and I’ve been doing it for twenty-five years. It doesn’t help that the principles behind it can be obtuse to the layman, or worse, seem foreign. There is still an almost religious belief that only pharmaceutical drugs and radiation are “real”. So, we’ve porcupine jokes and accusations of blasphemy on the one hand, and theories that are more comfortably associated with quantum mechanics on the other. Still, the tradition goes on. It continues because it adapts to whatever time and place it finds itself.
Dialogues with other healing systems are some of the most fascinating aspects of being a modern practitioner. In one place I have traded notes with a professor at a medical school, a Pharmacist and an MD, but also Ayurvedic physicians, Homeopaths, Naturopaths, an Osteopath, a Bach flower remedy practitioner, Herbalists and massage therapists. Such is Integrative Medicine.
It’s not a question of do these things work. All of these methods work in that they can positively effect health on a regular basis. A good grounding in one’s own school of thought and an open mind are needed now for modern practitioners of any school.