Acupuncture

Legendary, Emmy-winning Fox TV anchor, Ernie Anastos -- who just had a day named after him by the mayor of New York City-- kicks off his new television show with this "Doctors on Call" segment.

Here, in the first installment of the recurring series, he had urologic oncologist and robotic surgeon Dr. David Samadi and me, ACSH's Director of Medicine, to answer viewer medical-related questions. 

We brought practical answers to viewer questions that ranged widely from acupuncture to sexual health.

Hopefully,...

Anyone who has ever suffered from chronic constipation knows how miserable the condition can make you feel — headachy, bloated, and all-around unhappy; thus, the popularity of a variety of laxatives. According to proponents of "complementary" or "alternative" medicine, acupuncture can be helpful in this situation but a new report in the Annals of Internal Medicine says there are few reliable data supporting its efficacy. So Dr. Zhishun Liu from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in  Beijing and colleagues ran a multi-center trial to investigate that possibility.

Acupuncture is a standard treatment of Traditional Chinese...

148228392Chronic knee pain is very common in adults over the age of 50, most commonly as a result of osteoarthritis. Sufferers often turn to alternative therapies such as acupuncture used by about three million Americans each year - to relieve pain despite the mixed results of studies looking into its effectiveness. A...

snake-oil-bottle-cropped-labelWe here at ACSH were surprised, indeed dismayed, to learn of the recently-established Herbal Treatment Center at the esteemed Cleveland Clinic. Even worse, the article in the Wall Street Journal indicated that that same establishment contains...

According to one account, the phoenix a legendary bird in Chinese and other mythologies died in flames, then rose from its own ashes to live again. Something similar has happened with acupuncture: Mao Zedong "restored" it as "New Acupuncture." Then New Acu-puncture based on fanciful prescientific theories and widely promoted in the United States as something of a cure-all inspired the development of a science-based mode of acupuncture that New Age opportunists largely ignore: neuro-electric acupuncture.

Acupuncture has hundreds of forms and variations. Nearly all forms lack a scientific basis. Many undiscriminating proponents of acupuncture use science as window dressing, while their true allegiance is to mysticism and superstitious quackery. But also misguided are those...