I would like to think so. Maybe if we say it enough, it will come true.
David Colquhoun writes in Acupuncture is a theatrical placebo: the end of a myth:
Anesthesia & Analgesia is the official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society. In 2012 its editor, Steven Shafer, proposed a head-to-head contest between those who believe that acupuncture works and those who don’t. I was asked to write the latter. It has now appeared in June 2013 edition of the journal. The pro-acupuncture article written by Wang, Harris, Lin and Gan appeared in the same issue.
Acupuncture is an interesting case, because it seems to have achieved greater credibility than other forms of alternative medicine, despite its basis being just as bizarre as all the others. As a consequence, a lot more research has been done on acupuncture than on any other form of alternative medicine, and some of it has been of quite high quality. The outcome of all this research is that acupuncture has no effects that are big enough to be of noticeable benefit to patients, and it is, in all probablity, just a theatrical placebo.
After more than 3000 trials, there is no need for yet more. Acupuncture is dead.
You can see the piece by Colquhoun and Novella at the link. It’s an EXCELLENT piece, full of links and references. Solid stuff. Acupuncturists just can’t hold up against the overwhelming evidence that their effect is small and transient. Not worth the hype at all. Of course, one will always get the “it works for me” argument. But the point is, we are looking at acupuncture as a whole, as a treatment, regardless of who uses it. When this is done, it fails. So, the conclusion must be, if it works for you, it’s you making it work for yourself, not that it actually works for anyone else.