*I’m aware that these perspectives are taking liberties in assumptions, but as you will see in my upcoming Acupuncture ‘Health Essentials’ article and database, the science behind acupuncture studies is immature at best with few actual quality studies existing. And while my basic points are extrapolating, the science behind these fields as well is also in its infancy and may represent a new area of surprising insight as they deepen.
My perspective is obviously biased, as I have enough experience to believe it is often the science that must catch up to the ancient, not the other way around. The ancients rarely passed on redundancies and when one understands Chinese medicine in depth (rather than glossing over it, and assuming one can form a valid opinion without grasping the context and language, as is so common in the “skeptic” communities) one can see just how skilled these ancient physicians were. (When seeing upwards of 80 patients a day in urban centres, and then passing on the fine details to apprentices, generation after generation, for thousands of years, these physicians certainly knew what worked and what didn’t in a certainly acceptable anecdotal manner. Science must begin by respecting these traditions, attempting to understand, rather than slaughter.)
**This is my own understanding, taught to me by listening to my own body… Whats yours saying? ;)