Originally Posted by W2R
As for me, I wouldn't pay good money for acupuncture. But if someone else thinks that it helps them, and if it is harmless, personally I see no problem with it. This is assuming that the acupuncture is done in addition to conventional medical care, not as a substitute for conventional medical care.
I don't think I'd let anyone stick me full of needles either, but IMO there should not be any requirement to try conventional medicine first or together with alternative treatments, at least not for a non-lethal condition like hot flashes. I have used homeopathy in the past (for something else). I had good results with one condition I tried homeopathy for, and zip with the other. I read up on prescription medications for the one that worked and the potential side effects scared me to pieces. I'm glad there was nothing requiring me to try conventional medicine before, or in conjunction with, homeopathy. I think I'd rather have put up with the condition than take that medication I was so nervous about, but I'm glad I didn't have to make that choice. The condition that didn't improve with homeopathy was eventually treated successfully with conventional medication.
Maybe the results I got from homeopathy were a placebo effect, but so what? If a treatment works and does no harm, why shouldn't it be used, regardless of the mechanism of operation (i.e. whether it is a placebo or a "real" effect)?