Response to Hasty Conclusion About Acupuncture for Hypertension?
I agree that there may be benefits from acupuncture beyond its lack of effect on blood pressure. The study by Macklin et al1 is the only proper trial yet published, and despite the rather questionable objections raised by Moffet,2 it stands as documentation that acupuncture as currently widely performed does not lower blood pressure more than seen with a placebo effect. Even if it had a small effect, the time and expense involved in repeated acupuncture make it impractical and cost-ineffective. Lifestyle changes and antihypertensive drugs remain the only proven therapies and should not be neglected in pursuit of an ineffectual alternative.