Essay about An Ancient Chinese Medicine Practice

1205 Words Sep 27th, 2016 5 Pages
In 1973, Manuel L. Polo, a chiropractor in Spain, supposedly invented an ionized bracelet that, using the body’s “qi,” would make a person healthier and overall live a more balanced lifestyle (Barrett, 2008). In 1983, Que Te “Andrew” Park, along with QT Incorporated, expanded on the idea and created the QRay bracelet (Carroll, 2015). The bracelet is in a “C-shape” and is made out of metal – silver, gold, titanium, etc. The design is supposed to create a similar effect to that of acupuncture: essentially, it targets an invisible energy running through the body, hitting a pressure spot, where it can then balance the wearer’s “qi,” restoring and even enhancing their overall health (QRay.). This idea comes from an ancient Chinese medicine practice, which one must first believe exists in order to then believe the QRay is true science. That is where one reaches the idea that the QRay bracelet is actually a pseudoscience.
A pseudoscience is a theory or practice that is considered a science by some, but cannot be proven by modern science techniques. It straddles the line between something someone believes and something that is true science. To help better understand what a pseudoscience is, there are a few characteristics to keep in mind. The first being that the pseudoscience will use impressive-sounding vocabulary in order to establish a faux scientific authority. Basically, they will use big words to trick one into thinking they are a science, when they are not. Second, the…

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