Acupuncture Today

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Against allopathy
Alternative medicine
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Clinically unproven

Acupuncture Today is the name of both a newspaper and website promoting traditional Chinese medicine. Its articles cover various topics related to alternative medicine, and TCM in particular.[1][2] Sometimes, they also refer to studies, case studies, and anecdotes to support TCM.[3]

The site supports bloodletting, because it can improve the flow of qi in the body, treat "excess heat and fire", and bring yang down;[4] arsenic (realgar), because it's good (when taken internally) for killing intestinal parasites and treating sore throats, and (when applied externally) for treating "swelling, abscesses, itching, rashes, and other skin disorders;[5] lead oxide, because it "helps to eliminate toxins" and is good for "ringworm, skin rashes, rosacea, eczema, sores, ulcers, and other skin disorders";[6] and mercury sulphide (or cinnabar), because:[7]

According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, cinnabar has sweet, cold and slightly toxic properties, and is associated with the Heart meridian. The main functions of cinnabar are to clear away heat and tranquilize the mind.
Traditionally, cinnabar has been used as a tonic to reduce the incidence of palpitations, restlessness and insomnia. It is also used to treat sore throats and cold sores that occur in the mouth and tongue. In addition, cinnabar can [be] applied externally to treat certain skin disorders and infections.

Acupuncture Today also clearly states that these minerals are all toxic and should not be taken without consulting a qualified healthcare professional first.[note 1]

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  1. That would be a fun conversation to watch. "Hey, doc, this traditional medicine guy I've been seeing told me to take some lead for my rash. What do you think?"