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Jose Aceves wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • I am thinking of getting some Acupuncture and was wondering if this practice was acceptable to the Church?

Acupuncture, from Wikipedia

Please respond.

Jose

  { From the Church's view is Acupuncture an acceptable practice? }

Eric replied:

Dear Jose,

Sorry for the delay in responding.

I don't believe the Church has a teaching or advice against this but it is fundamentally based on a superstitious belief about life-energy (qi) that supposedly flows through the body. This is based in Eastern pagan religious principles contrary to the Christian faith however it is possible that acupuncture actually works for other reasons, perhaps the placebo effect or something unknown that the Chinese stumbled on.

The bottom line: If it works for you and you don't buy into the qi stuff, more power to you.

Eric

John replied:

Hi, Jose —

Just to add my two cents; Chiropractic care is based on some of the same principles that acupuncture is based on.

Some principles are based on legitimate anatomy and other principles are based on Oriental religions but there is legitimate anatomical science behind both.

My Chiropractor is a very strong Christian and doesn't buy into any of the New Age or Oriental mysticism. He would say the same thing about acupuncture.

Reiki, on the other hand, is all about New Age mysticism and people should stay away from it.

John

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