Why is biopuncture controversial?

Dr. David L. Katz, MD, MPH
Preventive Medicine
Biopuncture is controversial because, like other modalities in alternative medicine, there is often little evidence to show the therapy works and is safe. Watch preventive medicine expert David Katz, MD, explain his concerns about biopuncture.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Research shows that biopuncture can be effective, though some say it is unsafe . In this video,  Dr. Oz and Dr. Lee Wolfer discuss why biopuncture is so controversial.

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Imagine relief from back pain without medication. Imagine childbirth without the intense pain. These are just a few of the many benefits acupuncture may provide. Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago. It involves ...

a technique using very thin needles, which are strategically inserted in certain parts of your body. The theory is founded on balancing the flow of energy (qi or chi) through pathways (meridians) in your body. Practitioners believe that by restoring the energy flow, a re-balancing and restoration of harmony will be restored to your body. Western medicine is becoming more and more open to this ancient practice, and over the past several decades, acupuncture has been looked upon as a favorable alternative to treating many conditions.

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