Text: “Acupuncture: In Depth.” https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture-in-depth

“Current evidence suggests that many factors—like expectation and belief—that are unrelated to acupuncture needling may play important roles in the beneficial effects of acupuncture on pain.”

There is some research that shows some benefits of acupuncture but it isn’t clear whether or not the actual acupuncture is the main driver behind the benefits or if the benefits come from underlying psychological reasons.

In the case of acupuncture research, does knowledge come from what can be explained or what cannot be explained?