here, I cite from the abstract of a recent Edzard Ernst lead-authored review of acupuncture from the journal Pain [see 001., below]:
001. Pain reports in the abstract for "Acupuncture: Does it Alleviate Pain and are There Serious Risks? A review of Reviews" (Volume 152, Issue 4 , Pages 755-764, April 2011):
"acupuncture is commonly used for pain control, but doubts about its effectiveness and safety remain. This review was aimed at critically evaluating systematic reviews of acupuncture as a treatment of pain and at summarizing reports of serious adverse effects published since 2000 [...in sum] numerous systematic reviews have generated little truly convincing evidence that acupuncture is effective in reducing pain. Serious adverse effects continue to be reported [...such as] pneumothorax and infections [...and] fatalities."
Note: and that is the state of the science regarding acupuncture efficacy and safety particularly in terms of something it is supposed to be GOOD at. I've wondered a lot about these Masters Degrees in Science that LAcs have: a science label marketing a system of belief based on prescientific or even science-refuted ideations about how the body works, and what comprises the world we live in. I've wondered about the amount of charity that sCAM receives in terms of its commerce and in terms of its educational self-categorization. A lot of people are being misled by false claims regarding acupuncture's efficacy, safety and science context: claims which have truly now been schwacked.