Common sense and scientific custom indicate that truly effective methods should show consistency across trials. However, the overwhelming evidence in acupuncture clinical trials is negative. [...]
David W. Ramey
David W. Ramey, DVM, is an equine practitioner in private practice in Glendale, California. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claims for the antiquity of acupuncture are ubiquitous in both the human and veterinary acupuncture and popular literature. These claims are not supported by the historical record. [...]
Research on the nature of acupuncture points and meridians is often difficult to evaluate because of the diverse nature of the claims made, incomplete data provided in studies and the variety of parameters involved in the assessment of these claims. [...]
In recent years the claim that only 20% or less of standard Western medicine is evidence-based has been repeated widely by health professionals and others. [...]