Today I wasn’t sure what to write. I have a great interview that I’m working on for the end of the month and a few people to contact about other interviews but I’ve been doing some coverage. I did a search on ‘acupuncture studies’ to see if anything really intrigued me and made me want to write about it.
What I found were a lot of skeptics discussing how acupuncture is really a sham. Some pointed out flaws in studies, but given that every study is flawed that’s easy. If you don’t like results you notice the things the people did that could skew the results. The skeptics pick apart words and phrases and use them to support their own close minded interpretation. The thing that made me want to write about this was the anger that many of the writers display towards acupuncture. If people are finding relief and they feel better, then why are these other people so angry? Why do they pick apart studies and insist that even the National Institutes of Health are wrong when they say that acupuncture can bring relief for certain conditions?
When people get this angry they are threatened by something. What could be threatening about acupuncture? Perhaps they have to realize that you can’t just take a pill and feel better. Maybe you need to do things that might seem unpleasant. Maybe they don’t understand and with their lack of understanding they have made acupuncture into this magical creation that requires they have a different world view. Maybe they are afraid of anything Eastern. Who knows? The question becomes not how did they get to where they are but how do we address it.
Anger will only create more anger. While as practitioners, it may feel like we are being attacked, in reality it is only the medicine. Knowing that this is an issue around that person and their own issues is more appropriate. Educating those who are interested and marketing about how you can help them and then getting results is far more effective than trying to argue about whether certain studies have any validity. Use energy to heal those who want to be healed. When there is enough healing perhaps the anger that exists will be focused on those things that as human beings we should be angry about–injustice, hunger, poverty and war. Perhaps then even those issues can be resolved.