Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 13: Acupuncture (continued)

KEY POINTS Acupuncture is based on the premise of imbalance of yin and yang and the problems/imbalance associated with the flow of vital energy through the body. There are no anatomical or histological correlates of acupoints, and this system of medicine defies plausibility because of difficulty reconciling with current medical knowledge. Multiple studies have documented the benefit of acupuncture in a variety of disorders. Acupuncture1,2 refers to the stimulation of focal points on the body using a variety of…