Acupuncture Research: Strategies for Establishing an by Hugh MacPherson PhD

By Hugh MacPherson PhD

This is often the 1st booklet to set out a whole diversity of analysis suggestions for comparing the medical perform of acupuncture. prime acupuncturists and researchers with overseas reputations percentage their services. They illustrate their descriptions with sensible examples of what has labored and what has now not. It outlines some of the key demanding situations within the box. those demanding situations relate to the character of acupuncture and the space among present examine proof and the particular studies of acupuncturists within the box. through focusing the chapters on key learn questions, instead of tools, the ebook has a undemanding believe. every one bankruptcy is well available with short motives of analysis designs in addition to vignettes of suitable prior study. The ebook relies on a deep knowing of acupuncture, with its inherent complexity in perform, even if according to conventional rules or extra sleek recommendations. by means of incorporating a extra subtle knowing of the sphere, this publication info more than a few innovations aiming to boost the facts base with the maximum rigour. it's the first e-book on acupuncture learn to take this designated view, integrating the superior of evidence-based drugs with a real sensitivity to the self-discipline of acupuncture, from its conventional and holistic roots to its extra glossy interpretations.

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There was little interest in demonstrating that acupuncture works, as this was and is accepted wisdom. Fulfilling this social and political need has often allowed methods of investigation to be used that would not be acceptable to scientists outside of China because they were asking different questions. qxd 7/21/07 10:11 AM Page 28 Acupuncture research. Strategies for establishing an evidence base for example few mainland Chinese clinical trials are of the required quality to be included in systematic reviews of acupuncture.

Because the philosophical and cultural issues involved in applying Western-based methods to traditional East Asian systems were virtually ignored (Birch & Felt 1999), there remain a number of important methodological challenges for the researcher investigating acupuncture. CHALLENGES FOR RESEARCHERS INVESTIGATING ACUPUNCTURE Researching acupuncture in a way that is fair to the medicine has proven to be a difficult task. While hundreds of RCTs and thousands of basic science studies of acupuncture have been conducted, results are often equivocal and many challenges remain.

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