Frontiers of Medicine

, 5:134 | Cite as

Clinical acupuncture research in the West

Review

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 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai Changzheng Hospitalthe Second Military Medical UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Shanghai Municipal Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine affiliated with Shanghai TCM UniversityShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Center for Integrative MedicineUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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