Is Acupuncture Really a Threat to the Established Medical Model?

Reading some of the scathing criticisms of acupuncture and it is affects in relieving pain and other debilitating conditions would have some believe the established medical order is out to smear acupuncturists as frauds and scam artists. It would be understandable if acupuncturists went around bad-mouthing modern medicine and surgery but most acupuncturists stress that their practice is an adjunct therapy and should not be used in place of traditional medical treatments.