Acupuncture Research: Strategies for Establishing an by Hugh MacPherson PhD

By Hugh MacPherson PhD

This can be the 1st publication to set out a whole diversity of study concepts for comparing the scientific perform of acupuncture. prime acupuncturists and researchers with overseas reputations proportion their services. They illustrate their descriptions with functional examples of what has labored and what has now not. It outlines a number of the key demanding situations within the box. those demanding situations relate to the character of acupuncture and the space among present study facts and the particular studies of acupuncturists within the box. via focusing the chapters on key learn questions, instead of equipment, the e-book has a simple think. every one bankruptcy is well available with short causes of study designs in addition to vignettes of appropriate prior learn. The e-book relies on a deep knowing of acupuncture, with its inherent complexity in perform, no matter if in keeping with conventional ideas or extra glossy innovations. by means of incorporating a extra refined realizing of the sphere, this e-book information various options aiming to increase the facts base with the maximum rigour. it's the first booklet on acupuncture study to take this detailed view, integrating some of the best of evidence-based medication with a real sensitivity to the self-discipline of acupuncture, from its conventional and holistic roots to its extra smooth interpretations.

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However, differences in how the electro-dermal measurements were made and simultaneous interest in more Western medical therapies such as homeopathy led to completely different approaches to those used in Ryodoraku. There were different models and social pressures in Germany leading to more of an integrated approach, where acupuncture (the new therapy) was integrated with homeopathy (an already established and accepted Western therapy). qxd 7/21/07 10:11 AM Page 25 Acupuncture research: the story so far was one of trying to validate traditional ideas and treatments in a modern social and scientific context.

Thus Stages (iv) and (v) in an evidence-based approach are more rigorous and formalised than in the experience-based approach. Cultural-philosophical differences Acupuncture developed in China mostly under Confucian and Daoist philosophical influences (Lo 2001, Unschuld 1985). Asian historical cultural processes and their primary philosophical and cultural contexts were based on a very different world view than that which predominates today in Western scientific thinking (Birch & Felt 1999). Important features of these East Asian thought processes were to see the body and mind as necessarily interconnected and inseparable, and to see the connections and interactions of everything as equally if not more important than the individual elements of an illness or pathological process.

What theoretical model of acupuncture was used for the research question — one based on known Western analgesic mechanisms or one based on traditional acupuncture theories and methods? Sometimes it appears that the varied traditional theories of acupuncture are ignored in these studies in favour of current Western physiological understanding (Kim 2006). It is certainly possible to address these issues but it requires sensitivity and sophistication as well as an understanding of the historical evolution of acupuncture.

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