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Is Electroacupuncture an Effective Treatment for Hypertension? [On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess]

ResearchBlogging.org There are a couple of fantastic boy bloggers here at ScienceBlogs who write about the marketing of unvalidated alternative therapies to patients (a practice they call "woo"). I agree with them that is completely unethical to market a therapy (or, non-therapy) using claims that have not been scientifically tested and peer reviewed.  That said, is there any value to treatments we traditionally think of as "alternative?"  Do they have a place in traditional medicine, provided they are subjected to the same rigorous scrutiny as traditional therapies? 


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