There are some interesting points to note about this study. First, it is yet more evidence that acupuncture is actually very useful, not only in the treatment of nausea, but by changing the nature of the mind-body relationship, in patients. But the really interesting thing about this study is obvious that when you zoom out and look at the whole situation here. This was done by inserting a needle at one point. This is not something that the experience of practitioners of acupuncture should normally make. Acupuncture is not as rigid as being restricted to a single insertion at a single point.
When acupuncture is performed in the traditional way, it is as much an art as it is science. Experience in acupuncture practitioner will insert needles many many points, and will not be controlled by a set of rigid guidelines prescribe a number of points. Acupuncture does not work that way. You can not say simply because the patient has symptoms A, B and C, so you must insert the needles at points P5, P6, and so on.
Acupuncture is more intimate than that. There is a relationship between the practitioner and the patient on an energy plan. The practitioner observes the direction and the patient's condition and how they react to the insertion of the first few hands, and then the doctor changes their plan accordingly. May they add up to 30 needles at various points and these points can vary from patient to patient, even if they showed exactly the same symptoms. This is because each patient is unique. Each patient has a different energy system, a different physical makeup, a posture, a different model of energy expression, and so on. There are so many factors it would be impossible to try to quantify in a rigid, scientific way.
Acupuncture is more than just taking a needle and an insertion at a certain point, and again, even that seems to work fairly well in the rigid scientific studies. Imagine how much more the effect of acupuncture would be authorized if the studies experienced acupuncture practitioners to pursue their art form at its peak.
There is something else worth noting: until recently, modern medicine has been very uncomfortable with the idea of integration of acupuncture at all. In fact, there are still many old school doctors and so-called anti-quackery of doctors who still rail against acupuncture, completely unaware of any scientific evidence of its effectiveness.
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