First, I'm amused by the Freudian slip: "There is no effective treatment for this condition."
Second, I realise she might just be thinking of doing this as a last-ditch attempt given nothing else to date works effectively, but would she rather be blind, or blind with a heavy pocket and a job for the meanwhile. Most people hate their jobs, but the prospect of tcm helping might be pushing her to quit when she might not otherwise.
A quick google search turned up an acupuncture site claiming john-hopkins was cooperating in a study of acupuncture for RP.http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01604356
<- this is the protocol online.
"...this potential treatment has not been put to the test of objective, rigorous scientific study conducted in western society
. In this pilot study
, the investigators aim to evaluate ... [emphasis added]"
So its admitted by the proponents of acupuncture for RP that is has not been studied, and all that is currently presented is anecdotes by patients of these therapies. Why doesn't she try homeopathy then? Not to give her ideas, but this is the best
way to get scammed. Gerson's Therapy
for cancer is a great example of people getting scammed and really fucking suffering from it
(Also: Quackwatch's take on Gerson's Therapy
So there's no evidence for acupuncture (their primary procedure for RP) working at all. All that is presented is anecdotes (11 anecdotes in their Case Report section, to be precise. And mislabeled as research). She's thinking of quitting her job and travelling to Canada for over a month to get these unproven treatments... and she thinks that's a good idea. Sure, I can understand it being a last ditch effort, but think of the consequences.