Traditional Chinese Medicine has developed over the last 4,000 years based on observations of nature and how we interact with it. It comes from a very different approach than Western Medicine. It has been said that TCM is macroscopic and Western Medicine is microscopic.
There are attempts to help ‘Bridge the Gap’ between the East and West in progress. Below you’ll find some articles that I think will help ‘Bridge the Gap’ for you. If you are interested in any other research, please let me know and I’ll do my best to provide you with what you need.
Acupuncture Clinical Trials
Click here to view current NIH clinical trials for acupuncture.
Arch Fam Med — Bensoussan et al. 9 (10) 1071
Click here to read more information on the safety by non-medical acupuncturists (L.Ac.’s) versus medical or other acupuncturists (C.Ac.’s, Chiropractors, etc). There are two groups of people allowed to do acupuncture in Missouri:
- Practitioners with 3 years of Masters level education (about 2-3,000 hours), supervised clinical internship, and nationally board certified by the NCCAOM
- Those who were able to get an exemption to the acupuncture law and can practice with 100 hours of training without national certification or internship.
Ann Intern Med — Kaptchuk 136 (5) 374
Click here to read a survey of current studies and basic acupuncture research.
Ann Intern Med — Kaptchuk 136 (11) 817
Click here to read more information on the incredible complexities in research, placebo, and patient results.
Here are some links to other interesting health websites:
- Acupuncture.com has a sampling of what Chinese medicine is often used for.
- The National Institutes of Health has more of a western point-of-view on information about acupuncture.
- Chad Duvall, LMP has a website about massage therapy and its benefits.
- Click here for a directory of other acupuncture clinics around the country to find someone close to you.
- Acupuncture Today is a Free online Chinese medicine journal for practitioners, students & public.