Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Should Pain Sufferers Pin Hopes on Acupuncture?

Dear Dr. Walt,

Does acupuncture work? Is it linked to the occult?

—Concerned about Needles in California

Dear Sticker,

In my book, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, my co-author and I conclude, “Despite its limited effectiveness, acupuncture’s low cost and relative safety can make it a viable option for some conditions, such as pain relief after dental procedures and the reduction of nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy or surgery.”

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The Natural Medicines Database rates acupuncture as possibly effective for back pain, chronic daily headache, fibromyalgia, insomnia, knee pain, labor pain, migraine headache, neck pain, osteoarthritis, and tension headache.

However, we also add, “Use great caution when choosing a therapist. Verify that the therapist has had adequate training. Acupuncturists who are physicians may have had little training in acupuncture. Those who adhere to acupuncture’s roots in traditional Chinese medicine and religion may try to convert patients to their Eastern worldview. Others may call on spiritual powers to assist in treatments, thus exposing people to occult influences.”

Dr. Walt


This Q&A was published in the September 2016 edition of Today’s Christian Living.

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