Acupuncture Research: Strategies for Establishing an by Hugh MacPherson PhD

By Hugh MacPherson PhD

This can be the 1st e-book to set out a whole diversity of analysis innovations for comparing the medical perform of acupuncture. top acupuncturists and researchers with overseas reputations percentage their services. They illustrate their descriptions with useful examples of what has labored and what has now not. It outlines the various key demanding situations within the box. those demanding situations relate to the character of acupuncture and the space among present study proof and the particular reviews of acupuncturists within the box. by means of focusing the chapters on key learn questions, instead of tools, the ebook has a simple believe. each one bankruptcy is definitely obtainable with short causes of study designs in addition to vignettes of suitable previous learn. The ebook relies on a deep realizing of acupuncture, with its inherent complexity in perform, even if in accordance with conventional rules or extra sleek innovations. through incorporating a extra refined knowing of the sector, this publication info quite a number options aiming to advance the facts base with the maximum rigour. it's the first ebook on acupuncture examine to take this targeted 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 smooth interpretations.

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These problems challenge clinicians and research scientists (Birch & Felt 1999). Many invalid cultural assumptions are honestly but unwittingly made by practitioners and researchers when they translate acupuncture into terms and concepts familiar to them (Lu & Needham 1980, p 11–12, Unschuld 1987, 1992, p 55). Sometimes the traditional ideas are reframed in the context of a modern scientific model of the body. 1). Three examples are outlined below. Currently the most popular form of acupuncture in the West is some form of the TCM approach following developments in China after the communists took over.

Station Hill Press, New York Han J S, Terenius L 1982 Neurochemical basis of acupuncture analgesia. Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology 22:193–220 Hara S 1927 Effect of moxa on hemoglobin and RBC count. Iji Shinbun 1219 Hara S 1929 Tuberculosis and moxibustion. Jiechi Ika to Rinsho 6:9 Ikemi Y, Ikemi A 1986 An oriental point of view in psychosomatic medicine. Advances 3(4):150–157 Kaptchuk T J 1985 Introduction to Wiseman N, Ellis A. Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine p xvii–xxxvii Kaptchuk T J, Edwards R A, Eisenberg D M 1996 Complementary medicine: efficacy beyond the placebo effect.

The concepts and methodologies involved in the various types of modern clinical trials, such as pragmatic and explanatory studies, are discussed elsewhere (Chapters 7 and 8). In terms of using modern biomedical methods for investigating the clinical effects of acupuncture, not only were the first RCTs of acupuncture conducted in Japan in the 1960s by Kinoshita and Okabe (Shichido 1996), but the earliest attempts at ‘inter-rater’ reliability studies were also Japanese (Debata 1968, Matsumoto 1968, Ogawa 1978).

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