Unscientific acupuncture


Acupuncture relieves pain. Exactly how acupuncture needles in the skin achieve pain relief is not known and is not easily testable. If acupuncture cannot be tested by standard clinical experiments then Western medical regulators will remain loath to certify it as a legitimate medical treatment.

Counter Claim:

Acupuncture downregulates (or turns off) pro-inflammatory cells known as M1 macrophages. Acupuncture also upregulates (or activates) anti-inflammatory M2 macrophages, thereby reducing pain and swelling. M2 macrophages are a source of anti-inflammatory interleukin-10 (IL-10); by upregulating M2 macrophages, acupuncture leads to an increase in IL-10, which subsequently helps relieve pain and inflammation

Lower back pain
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Date of last update
03.07.2016 – 10:43 CEST