Is the FDA embracing quackery? A draft proposal recommends that doctors learn about acupuncture and chiropractic for pain management.

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Science Based Medicine

Last week, I wrote about acupuncture last week, specifically how acupuncturists are unhappy that the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which provides guidelines for recommended treatments for diseases and conditions, does not recommend acupuncture for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis but does recommend arthroscopic washouts and debridement, for which the evidence is weak. My retort was simple: If this is true, the answer is not for NICE to start recommending quackery like acupuncture, but rather for it to stop recommending conventional medical and surgical treatments with very little evidence for efficacy. Unfortunately, across the pond, our FDA appears poised to go in the opposite direction, as an article in STAT News, FDA proposes that doctors learn about acupuncture for pain management:

Chiropractors and acupuncturists who have lobbied for a bigger role in treating pain have won a preliminary endorsement from federal health officials.

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