Ben Kavoussi, a doctor and acupuncturist himself by training (and therefore an unusually credible critic) explains the dubious history and provenance of some of acupuncture’s key concepts. For instance, Kavoussi describes how the supposedly “ancient” and mystical meridians of acupuncture are actually based on rather modern and arbitrary interpretation, prior to which the meridians corresponded mainly with the big, obvious blood vessels and were basically all about bloodletting: an idea common to many primitive medical philosophies, and not related to any proposed magic forces. Such historical perspective is extremely useful in understanding how naively over-rated acupuncture has become in the world today.
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- “Acupuncture and history: The “ancient” therapy that’s been around for several decades,” a webpage on ScienceBasedMedicine.org.
- “A true history of acupuncture,” an article in Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 2004.
These two articles on PainScience.com cite this item as a source:
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