It's possible to cherry pick any articles about any
topic in any discipline to shape the information to support any point of view, pro, con or neutral on any subject. And I know what auriculomedicine is. I do speak medicalese
Respectfully, with no iffense intended, I'm not interested in finding articles that will meet your standards, especially when the ones listed from sources that already use your standards have been dismissed as outdated garbage. By that standard, we might was well toss out acupuncture all together, since it's a 2000+ years old modality, along with all those years of 'anecdotal' evidence of it's ability to treat illnesses. I'm pretty convinced I wouldn't be able to find anything that would meet your standards, honestly. Your mind is clearly already made up, and that's why I avoid these kinds of discussions. It's pretty hard to put anything in a cup that's already filled. I know I can't change people's opinions, and that's okay. And, I really don't want or need the stress of trying. I sincerely respect your opinion and your right to have one that's different from mine.
I do have to say though, that I think discounting experiences that individuals have regarding improvement in their health as being purely subjective or psychological rather than physical is incredibly invalidating, both of their experiences with alternative healing and their physical conditions in general. It just adds to the difficulties that people have being taken seriously by physicians when all they are looking for is help, which is counterproductive. When people have chronic pain, for example, it often takes incredible effort to be taken seriously. Just because an individual hasn't experienced a kind of treatment personally doesn't mean it isn't a valid treatment. Cumulative anecdotal evidence often leads to fully mounted studies resulting in emergent new therapies, modalities and drug treatments after all.
Just to relate a personal experience with this particular healing tradition, I've received acupuncture treatments since I was 16 years old, not for 'subjective, psychological conditions,' but real, documented, physical illnesses, such as ulcerative colitis, interstitial cystitis, migraines and severe muscle spasms that made it impossible to sleep more than two hours at a time, made my belly and external oblique contract as if I was in labor, and severely limited my ability to move. Acupuncture was my last resort in the case of the muscle spasms, after nearly a year of western medical treatment and everything it could throw at me. After one treatment, I slept for 10 hours straight with no spasms. You can dismiss it as anecdotal if you like, but I don't really care. Frankly, it's dramatically improved my quality of life. I know what I felt during the treatment, and how I felt after - and it wasn't a placebo affect. There were physical changes, which were documented by my physician, such as measured range of motion and changes in my height. Make of that what you will, lol.
I also received a lot of acupuncture treatments for knee pain that werenít helpful. Later, when I had a knee arthroscopy for a meniscus tear, it was discovered that I had a huge plica (and overgrowth of synovial cartilage) on the inside of my knee, which was a birth defect. No amount of acupuncture was ever going to correct that, lol. Once it was removed, I was pain free.
Anyhow, Iím done. Iíll stick to the happy fun times part of E from now on. Carry on, everyone.
EDIT: Gawd, one day I shall learn how to type. Meh. We now return you to your regularly scheduled discussion on spiritual medicine.