Acupuncture is proven to be effective
Many people who are uncertain about coming in for acupuncture treatment question whether it's effectiveness is simply a placebo effect, or a self-fulfilling prophecy. The fact is, though, that you do not have to believe in acupuncture for it to work. Acupuncture has been proven effective in numerous rigorous, high quality empirical studies. Some of these test the question of the placebo effect by comparing real acupuncture to sham acupuncture, where some patients receive acupuncture on actual acupuncture points and others receive acupuncture at random places on their body. These studies have proven that real acupuncture, practiced the way it is taught in graduate schools, is more effective than sham acupuncture.
Studies and related links
To read these studies and more, take a look at our Related Links. You can also learn more about How Acupuncture Works. To read about the education required for acupuncturists to be licensed, see Are Acupuncturists Legitimate Professionals? If you're curious about the differences between Western and Eastern medicine, an excellent article on the topic can be found here: About Eastern Medicine.