Surprising to find this biased conclusion reported on Alternet.
The legitimacy of acupuncture has been widely debated over the past several decades. While many swear by its healing powers, others, most notably medical researchers, say it does not work for anything, period.
A new study published in the journal Cancer confirms the latter view, suggesting that any relief acupuncture may bring, is the result of a placebo effect and no better than ‘sham version’ used in a breast cancer drug study, Health Finder reported.Conversely see for example Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials (2003; 87 pages) at Essential Medicines and Health Products Information Portal — A World Health Organization resource, listing:
1) diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment;
2) diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed;
3) diseases, symptoms or conditions for which there are only individual controlled trials reporting some therapeutic effects, but for which acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by conventional and other therapies is difficult, and
4) diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture may be tried provided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment.
Moreover, there are many more listings under categories 1 and 2 than 3 and 4.
Seems to be another instance of orthodoxy marginalizing heterodoxy in the media?
New Study Concludes Acupuncture Is Bogus—Sorry