Want to know what the mainstream medical profession has to say about acupuncture? Click on the link below to watch a recent slideshow by WebMD regarding acupuncture.
Having reviewed the slides myself, I find only a couple of minor areas of disagreement:
1) I have found acupuncture to work very well for Attention Deficit Disorder in children;
2) Acupressure and acupuncture are not interchangeable; they work differently for different people and different conditions.
3) The question of "sham" vs. "true" acupuncture in clinical trials is complex and controversial; many of the "sham" acupuncture treatments in studies are, in fact, alternative ways of rendering physiologically-effective acupuncture treatments. But, as the slideshow notes, both "sham" and "true" study arms can show efficacy when compared to other standard treatments--which may be what really counts to you, the patient with the medical condition.
(Oh, and BTW, I only use single-use, sterile, disposable needles and am licensed by the California Acupuncture Board, which has among the most stringent standards in the U.S.)