The Placebo effect is a wild thing though. One of those crazy unknown features of the human body. I mean, we are all walking pharmaceutical manufacturers, producing serotonin, insulin, etc as needed. There are a lot of questions around how altering our mental state, through alternative means, or through clinical placebo trials can have a profound effect on our well being.
This is my purely personal speculation, but I would suspect a lot of non traditional medical practices utilize this feature of our brains, to use our own body’s chemical manufacturing capability to fix ourselves. It is one of those things that is basically impossible to study scientifically, as there is no real pain scale, and can vary wildly from patient to patient.
Which is why I say, why not try the chiropractor or acupuncturist? It might work, it might make you feel better, and it doesn’t really matter if there is a scientific basis in the mechanics of that treatment working or not. As with acupuncture there are so many clinical studies showing it doesn’t work, but there are a large number of patients who have real documented pain relief from the treatments.
Which is again to say, you can’t use non traditional medicine in place of the required and understood medicines of western society. But, as a supplement to your treatment for pain management? If it feels better, it is working right? Isn’t that the point?
I had a doctor that taught us a class in college once, and he said that nearly 70% of all patient issues go undiagnosed, and often times end up going away without intervention. Our bodies are extremely complicated and weird, and even with all of the advances in western medicine, we still don’t have a grasp on what works and what doesn’t, especially in pain management.
So, if your doctor tells you to try acupuncture, I mean give it a shot I guess? I just wouldn’t go around thinking it is some miracle cure if it works for you. As long as it isn’t being used in place of actual medical care, but in supplementation of actual care, I don’t see a problem.