Review

Frontiers of Medicine

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 134-140

Clinical acupuncture research in the West

  • Xianze MengAffiliated withDepartment of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, the Second Military Medical UniversityCenter for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • , Shifen XuAffiliated withShanghai Municipal Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine affiliated with Shanghai TCM UniversityCenter for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • , Lixing LaoAffiliated withCenter for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine Email author 

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Abstract

In recent years, acupuncture has rapidly become part of mainstream medicine in the West, where new developments in acupuncture clinical research show extensive progress in evaluating the efficacy and safety of the modality in many categories of disease, especially in pain conditions. Although challenges and difficulties remain, the acupuncture research community has matured and its past experience may lead to even better methods and more innovative research.

Keywords

acupuncture clinical research research methodology the West