Originally Posted by RanMan
And reading "the scientific method" is frankly no substitute for personal experience.
Ah! Then you must also believe in witchcraft, crystals, exorcism, and healing touch, for each of those ancient practices has an army of people behind it claiming personal experience.
We humans are hardwired for superstitious thinking, but that doesn't mean we have to give in to it. Do you also believe that you can cause it to rain by doing a rain dance? No? But what if it rained not long after you danced? Then you'd have to wonder, wouldn't you? If only we had a reliable test for what really works and what only appears to work -- you know a "method" of some sort.
Oh wait, we do.
Acupuncture has yet to to stand up successfully to any series of peer-reviewed, double-blind, control group studies. Until it does, it's nothing more than voodoo. You might just as well try to heal yourself by doing a rain dance or by taking a sugar pill.