Originally Posted by NautiAndNice
Practitioner not able to explain side effects
This would concern me...
Not at all. Do you think they know exactly how all the drugs work?
Did you folk not have the TV series a while back which attempted to explain a few of the less well understood alternative medical techniques. Acupuncture was one of the series and dealt with in some depth. I can't remember all the details but the conclusion was that the acupuncture affected the brain in a way that caused it to trigger the output of our natural pain relief chemicals. I cant remember whether our natural healing chemicals were also involved. One of the interesting findings was that rotating the needles had a greater effect.
I had a conversation with a doc after reading about many drug trials where the results of testing a medicine are compared with the effect of a placebo and the placebo generated cures in many of the test group. It is thought that, far from a placebo indicating that a condition is more or less imaginary, the belief in the patient that a drug will help causes the brain to initiate a healing process. I believe the mechanism is little understood.
However, my point is that a patient who benefits from a placebo should not be thought of as in some way being week, a skiver or hypochondriac.
Personally, I think that being able to cure oneself by belief must a good thing.