Is this ancient needle really a modern cure

Dec 26, 2011 by
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In a world where infections can be cured by antibiotics and ­modern science has developed life-saving treatments for ­everything from smallpox to Aids, would any sensible person trust their body to a practice that goes back 2,000 years, predating all the most elementary developments in medicine?

If the treatment on offer were blood-letting with leeches or Shakespearean potions of “eye of newt and toe of frog”, the answer would be a resounding no. But if the practice in question comes not from the West but from China our attitudes seem to be very different.

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