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Acupuncture Research and Statistics

Updated October 4, 2004; First Published February 1, 2003

Brian Carter, acupuncturist, herbalist, and author

Brian B. Carter, MS, LAc
Founder, PulseMed.org

Acupuncture Research and Statistics

by Brian Benjamin Carter

Brian is the founder of the Pulse of Oriental Medicine. He teaches at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and maintains a private practice in San Diego, California, and is the author of Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure.

Get up to date, people!

It seems to have escaped the notice of the entire world (including many journalists, and even the independent Little Hoover Commission in California), but the National Institutes of Health's Consensus Statement on Acupuncture came out in 1997. And acupuncture research didn't stop then. Duh!

So, in Sept 2003, I did this additional review of the randomized controlled trials: Acupuncture Research for Physicans (pdf) (37k) I went back to Medline and found a year's worth of great new studies. This brief is 10 pages long and based on 37 references. It's addressed to physicians, but anyone can read it.

For even more research:

But the most comprehensive and up to date review of the randomized controlled trials on acupuncture comes from the World Health Organization in 2002. To get to that, go to this article: Acupuncture Statistics and the latest super credible research review

Find a licensed acupuncturist here: "Resources for Finding Acupuncturists and Herbalists"

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