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Does acupuncture still "work" if you don't believe in it?

Asked by PupnTaco (13860points) February 15th, 2008 from iPhone
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VoodooLogic's avatar

Yes, but it’s effectiveness will be dampened.

gailcalled's avatar

Believing——> placebo effect (which can be powerful.)

lifeflame's avatar

But it’s not very nice to have needles stuck into you if you don’t believe in it, and if you tense up then it’s pretty hard for it to be effective.

gailcalled's avatar

I tried 8 treatments as an initial sceptic. But I had no pain when the needles were inserted. If nothing else, it is an interesting intellectual experience. Why didn’‘t it hurt? Not a clue. However, if, like me, you make the mistake of moving or wriggling a little (only once, I might add), that does hurt. The needles certainly tap into one’s central nervous system. I found that I sobbed uncontrollably and had to have the Acupuncturist come in periodically and mop me up.

My sister, in the next room, went into some sort of trance-state each session. Go figure.

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