Currently, some researchers stated that acupuncture is merely a placebo effect. Theoretically, a placebo effect needs a person (patient) to be clear in mind being able to react to the outside emotional or actual stimulation, able to analyze, to make summary and then to react to the stimulation. A large number of acupuncture researches and clinic reports from China indicated that acupuncture can work on clinic conditions, in which the patient is with almost no, or very weak consciousness, such as coma, shock, dementia, persistent vegetative state. These data strongly suggest and support that acupuncture can work by itself without need to depend on a placebo effect, though a placebo effect could follow ANY medical remedies, including acupuncture, in mind-clear patient. Unfortunately, it is very rare in the western countries to have acupuncture trial on these clinic conditions.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system, not only a complementary therapy. It has existed for more than five thousand years in China and helped millions of Chinese throughout history treat the assaults of many infectious and non-infectious, physical and emotional diseases. It still helps people avoid various acute and chronic diseases.
A Chinese summary of the success of TCM in the period from 1950 to 2006, during which diseases such as SARS and AIDS came along, has shown that it can be very effective. In April 2007, Chinese Government announced that it will re-emphasize its TCM system, nation wide, as a main healthcare system to solve its daily healthcare crisis and to control spread of infectious diseases. At least in one of the big city zone in China (Shang Hai city), the local government enforces that every community hospital should have TCM services, in addition to the typical Western medical system, to help the treatment of current diseases and for better prevention of disease in the communities. The weakness of the Western Medicine in the prevention of illness has been well recognized.
If you are a practitioner in the alternative medical area, as an acupuncturist, massage practitioner, Chiropractic practitioner, or others, and if you are interested and believe that combination of Chinese herbal therapy would improve your clinic work dramatically, you are welcome to learn and to update your knowledge in the Chinese herbal therapy in the "Advanced TCM Class" part. Start from here, you are at the same starting point as the most of the TCM practitioners, no matter they graduated from or out of China. The case report here should be useful to you to understand the usefulness of the Chinese medicine in clinic work. If you decide to go to an acupuncture school, you need to read the article here first: TCM, its past, present and future.