Traditional Acupuncture Research
Traditional Chinese medicine has been helping people feel better for
over two thousand years. Today in the west we are putting that ancient
wisdom through scientific scrutiny. This page includes NIH statements
regarding acupuncture and links to the latest news articles and research
According to the National Institutes of Health:
"Preclinical studies have documented acupuncture's effects, but
they have not been able to fully explain how acupuncture works within
the framework of the Western system of medicine that is commonly practiced
in the United States.
In 1997, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a consensus
statement on acupuncture that concluded that-
there is sufficient evidence of acupuncture's value to expand its
use into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its
physiology and clinical value
The NIH consensus statement said that-
the data in support of acupuncture are as strong as those for many
accepted Western medical therapies.
There is clear evidence that needle acupuncture is efficacious for
adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and probably
for the nausea of pregnancy... There is reasonable evidence of efficacy
for postoperative dental pain... reasonable studies (although sometimes
only single studies) showing relief of pain with acupuncture on diverse
pain conditions such as menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, and fibromyalgia...
The NIH consensus statement on Acupuncture summarized and made a prediction:
Acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention is widely practiced in the
United States. While there have been many studies of its potential usefulness,
many of these studies provide equivocal results because of design, sample
size, and other factors. The issue is further complicated by inherent
difficulties in the use of appropriate controls, such as placebos and
sham acupuncture groups. However, promising results have emerged, for
example, showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and chemotherapy
nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are other
situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual
cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low
back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, in which acupuncture may
be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included
in a comprehensive management program. Further research is likely to uncover
additional areas where acupuncture interventions will be useful.
The NIH's National Center For Complementary And Alternative Medicine
continues to abide by the recommendations of the NIH Consensus Statement.
Links to some of the latest research articles and news links:
This is a link to a study on the efficacy of acupuncture with patients
suffering from severe osteoarthrosis of the knee.
New York Times Article documenting the effectiveness of different acupunture
Meta-Analysis of the effects on acupuncture and fertilization rates in
women who are also receiving in vitro fertilization treatment.
CNN writes "Brain imaging suggests acupuncture works"
Study showing benefits of acupuncture with dysmenorrhea.
Acupuncture in the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Ah to Acupuncture" An article by CNN
Acupuncture in the treatment of myofacial pain
Study showing that acupuncture and moxibustion are a good way to safely
resolve a breech presentation in pregnant women.
This is an article on the latest research showing the effectivness of
acupuncture for menstrual pain.