Why Is Biopuncture Controversial?

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Well, very often in the whole world of alternative medicine, it advances because people get ideas, and implement them and sometimes the ideas come from no place obvious, sometimes they come from animal research but, generally, they don't come from research that's fully mature.

And that's what conventional medicine is looking for, randomize clinical trials, procedural control all of that, we don't have that, for biopuncture, we just don't have that. So, the initial part of the controversy for someone like me who practices Evidence-Based Intergrative Medicine is, I could find no evidence, so I search the literature, for any studies addressing biopuncture, any at all and I couldn't find any.

Well in the absence of any published peer reviewed evidence, you just don't know if something works, and then really the basis for all decision making in medicine needs to be about, what is the potential for harm, and what is the probability of benefit. Well you need to study, is to talk about the probability of benefit, and in terms of potential harm, you always have to assume there are some.

In this case, although the remedies have been used in homeopathy for centuries, they've been used orally. And when you inject something, it changes the game, it's a totally different interaction with your immune system. Just imagine taking all the different things you eat, and injecting those into your body, and the havoc it could wreak.

That's my concern here, there could be infections, there could be inflammatory responses, there could be allergies, and at the extreme, there could be life threatening allergies called anaphylaxis. And until we have evidence that that doesn't happen, and that there's clearly a benefit, I would say proceed very cautiously with this modality.