Re: Alternative Medicine (was Re: Skepticism - its uses and abuses)

From: Iain Strachan <>
Date: Fri Dec 23 2005 - 14:15:24 EST

On 12/23/05, D. F. Siemens, Jr. <> wrote:
> How do the Chinese theories challenge Christianity? They do not require
> that evil be an illusion. They challenge conventional science, but I have
> not found a physiological theory in scripture. I fear you are confusing
> your faith with your science. Further, that meridians and qi are part of
> a working application does not demonstrate their correctness as the
> explanation for the function.

Leaving aside whether it challenges Christianity, I think I'd cast doubt on
your assertion that they are "part of a working system". The studies that
Jack posted showed there was no statistical difference between "sham"
acupuncture treatment that didn't use traditional "meridian" points and
genuine acupuncture that did. If acupuncture works (for whatever reason,
placebo or an as yet unknown effect) then it works in spite of the meridian
and qi theories, which seem to have been shown invalid by these studies.

As to whether it challenges Christianity, I don't know the ins and outs of
it, but I guess if something is based on the balance of ying and yang, then
it's some spiritual idea that definitely isn't Christian.

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