On July 24, during a WHYY Radio Times interview with Marty Moss-Coane, Dr. Paul Offit, chief of infectious disease and director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, defined acupuncture as a deception. In his recent book, Do You Believe in Magic: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, he also takes aim at this ancient form of healing, which predates recorded history, putting it into the category of ineffective, potentially dangerous and usually a waste of money. Such statements made by such an authority figure working in the No. 1 children’s hospital in the country, and perhaps the world, raises serious concerns for health care professionals, who have invested in learning and practicing acupuncture, as well as the general public, who can benefit from acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture is an aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which today recognizes not only what we have learned through contemporary allopathic medicine regarding the human structure and function, but also the energetic foundation for human mental and physical functions. In particular, it has anatomically mapped in detail how human energy circulates, connects, and interacts with the environment. Acupuncture influences human energy through manipulating the meridians of the human body that are connected energetically with internal organs and systems. In TCM, it is the energetic level of any disorder that is considered the primary factor in mental and physical illnesses. Whereas acupuncture treats the root cause of the problem at an energetic level so that the body does not continue to suffer, pharmaceuticals only treat symptoms. They don’t cure anything.
Dr. Offit’s challenge is that all the energetic structure and function of the body is not visible with the naked eye or any current imaging technology. Unfortunately for many individuals within the conventional medical community, only “seeing is believing.” This perspective on observation may sound right; however, it is really incorrect if we take into consideration that we cannot see the wind or the air we breathe, even though it does exist and we could not live without it or the oxygen we inhale into our lungs. We also cannot see the heat or humidity, but we can feel them because they do exist. Our heart beats, our bowel moves fecal matter through it and our brain thinks, yet we do not see how these things work. Although our medical technology is limited, no one should deny that acupuncture is clinically proven and effective medicine — not even a doctor from a top academic institution.
Full story of acupuncture benefits at the Huffington Post