Buried in that post is the fact that fake acupuncture works just about as well as the real acupuncture. (47.6% in the real acupuncture group, 44.2% in the fake group - as opposed to 27.4% for conventional therapy.) This means that the placebo effect is more effective than conventional therapy and also implies that "real" acupuncture may be just that, the placebo effect. The mind heals. The study raises many more questions about acupuncture than it answers. It also promotes therapies that stimulate the placebo effect (the mind) in healing.
The Associated Press
CHICAGO — Fake acupuncture works nearly as well as the real thing for low-back pain, and either kind performs much better than usual care, German researchers have found.
Almost half the patients treated with acupuncture needles felt relief that lasted months. In contrast, only about a quarter of the patients receiving medications and other Western medical treatments felt better.
Even fake acupuncture worked better than conventional care, leading researchers to wonder whether pain relief came from the body's reactions to any thin needle pricks or, possibly, the placebo effect.
rest of the story at: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2003900629_backpain25.html
"well that little piece of info usurps thousands
of years of empirical evidence!!!
Not in the least bit. It add tremendous support to the power of what is called the placebo effect is the biggest healer on the planet. It's been going on for thousands of years. The original post in this thread conveniently buried that information but statistically, the 'fake' acupuncture did just as well as the 'real' acupuncture.
It's time to validate the healing powers of the mind (really the spirit) through whichever path you wish to take, be it meditation, touch therapy, or many other facets.
"try it for yourself and see what happens..."
I've tried it several times and have had no benefits whatsoever. I've also had spiritual healing without drugs of cancer, TB, chronic depression, and other things. It is the spirit that heals in all cases. You can wish all you want to be healed but if spirit is not willing then nothing happens. Body can also believe that it is unable to heal, but spirit can take over and heal.
Spirit must be experienced, it can't be learned from a book. Each of us is an eternal spirit and once we discover that within ourselves, nobody can "talk" (body stuff) us out of it.
Learn about yourself as spirit. Experience yourself as spirit. Rediscover yourself as spirit.
"You can be deeply intouch with your spiritual nature and still be lost in the physicality of yourself as YOU MUST live in the physical world on a daily basis."
We don't have a spiritual nature. We are spirit - separate from our body. Recognizing yourself as spirit in your temple, the body, is a path to healing both physical and spiritual. All healing modularities including acupuncture, tap into the individual spirit for healing. It is the desire by spirit to be healed that results in healing regardless of how that healing is applied. When you don't heal, there is a conflict between you as spirit and your body and when your body is out of sync with spirit it creates all sorts of problems, including physical illness.
Recognizing yourself as spirit and what you do as spirit has for me, gotten me more in touch with my body and the physical world. Learn to recognize yourself as an eternal spirit and you too will have that increased awareness.
Jesus said that if "...you lust after a woman, you have committed adultery." That was not a moral lesson, it was a lesson of what we do as spirit. If you wish ill on others, then you as spirit are committing sins on others and you as spirit are creating illness in your own body.