Inadequate Description of an Acupuncture Treatment Study for PCO

28 02 2012

To the Editor:

In the February issue of the Journal, Stener-Victorin et al. [1] have published an article that confuses concepts and methods of acupuncture. In the title of the publication, the authors refer to the effects of acupuncture; however, in the publication itself they refer to electroacupuncture. Electroacupuncture does not belong to the traditional treatment methods in Chinese Medicine [2-4]. Practitioners of acupuncture, as ourselves, are confused by such title-line statements. In addition to this, traditional acupuncture works with clearly and exactly defined acupoints in order to allow reproducibility and comprehension of any kind of treatment [5]. Stener-Victorin et al. fail to describe the points used in their therapeutic approach. They vaguely mention the use of acupoints, described as “…inserted bilaterally in acupuncture points in abdominal muscles and in muscles below the knee…” [1]. Their publication does not provide any reproducible thoughts that adhere to acupuncture. In addition to this, the use of acupoints related to muscular structures can be seen as a defined interrelationship within the concept of the Five Elements [6], as we demonstrated in 2009 [7]. Read the rest of this entry »