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Month End SitP - Acupuncture: What's the Harm? What's the Good?

Acupuncture: What's the harm? What's the good?

A medical treatment based on an invisible life force called qi seems more like faith healing then science but the evidence of efficacy is mixed. I've been fascinated with this topic for several years now and on November 26 the HK International Skeptics Society in conjunction with HKBU School of Chinese Medicine will present what we know, don't know, and would like to know about the procedure.

We'll be on the 1st floor - above the main bar.

Hope you can join us.

David Young

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  • Arni H.

    David, I'm bringing my Sister-in-Law as a guest. She works for a Chinese medicine practitioner, who provides an extensive acupuncture service. She and I have often argued on the subject! She is in a second life with her enthusiasm for CM, as she is an ex-TV Producer. I thus want difficult questions thrown at these BU people!!!

    November 26, 2013

  • Paul L.

    One line of questioning might involve studying what high-quality evidence there is that acupuncture can actually change the course of disease.
    Another line of questioning involves pain relief and mood improvement. In these cases, we should look carefully at how acupuncture is defined. Some of these positive effects may be real, but are associated with the therapeutic effect of attention to the patient by the practitioner and small amounts of pressure or pain applied to the skin, rather than adhering to the traditional meridians. In other words, what is the specific hypothesis being tested?
    Sure, I'd like to hear about Saturday's debate.

    November 24, 2013

  • Alvin C.

    David, I wrote a reply to your thread in the message board. Lest the argument be too one sided (in recognizing the effectiveness of Acupuncture), those might be some questions to challenge the speaker from HKBU. I have other, more embarrassing historical facts for Chinese Medicines, though it might not be a appropriate time to greet them with thorny questions.

    November 16, 2013

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