Is there something about the post of "Com-Post Editorial Writer" that attracts people with this special combination of misinformed ignorance and smug certainty?
No, acupuncture is not a 'traditional practice'. No, acupuncture has not been proven to be any better than cheap placebos. If the editor honestly believed that "traditional practices" were as effective as costly hospital practices then he or she would be in a strident paroxysm of hysteria, demanding to know why hospitals aren't using these cheaper alternatives.
I would advise the writer to look these things up, but the role of Com-Post Editorial Opinionator is to retail middle-class received opinions and tell the readers what they already think, and "looking things up" would interfere.