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Acupuncture - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Published on Sep 3, 2012

http://facebook.com/ScienceReason ... Benedikt Matenaer with his talk "Acupuncture: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", World Skeptics Congress 2012 in Berlin. Introduction by Willem Betz.

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Benedikt Matenaer, MD, anaesthesiologist, pain therapist, specialist in palliative care medicine; works in a palliative care unit of a hospital and in own practice; member of the examination board of the medical council Westfalen-Lippe for "palliative care", B-diploma in acupuncture.

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Alluding to the famous Clint Eastwood western, this presentation deals with the various facets of this popular therapy: the current state of research, the success, and the excesses of the acupuncture as an economic enterprise in the German health system. The important question, however, is whether anyone needs a special training for that, in particular in China, or is the success of acupuncture due to unspecific effects?

After all, if it doesn't matter where one puts the needles: is it OK then that acupuncture treatments are refundable by the public health insurances? Is it compatible with the medical associations' rules for continuing education to offer and acknowledge a pseudo-education as a special qualification? Why are physicians required to apply evidence-based medicine on the one hand, whereas acupuncture -- a procedure with unknown mechanisms -- is granted entry into the public health system on the other hand?

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Tags: acupuncture complementary alternative placebo medicine homeopathy therapy treatments health system palliative care cure science pseudoscience education skeptical rational critical thinking skepticism world skeptics congress 2012 berlin
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