By Hugh MacPherson PhD

ISBN-10: 0443100292

ISBN-13: 9780443100291

This is often the 1st publication to set out a whole variety of analysis concepts for comparing the medical perform of acupuncture. prime acupuncturists and researchers with foreign reputations proportion their services. They illustrate their descriptions with functional examples of what has labored and what has now not. It outlines a few 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. by way of focusing the chapters on key learn questions, instead of equipment, the e-book has a straightforward think. each one bankruptcy is well available with short reasons of study designs in addition to vignettes of proper earlier examine. The booklet relies on a deep figuring out of acupuncture, with its inherent complexity in perform, even if according to conventional rules or extra sleek techniques. via incorporating a extra subtle figuring out of the sphere, this ebook information various recommendations aiming to enhance the proof base with the maximum rigour. it's the first publication on acupuncture study to take this exact view, integrating the superior 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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There were also some important innovations during this time that set the stage for later scientific investigations. For example in 1825 Sarlandiere in France started applying electrical stimulation to the inserted needles to see how this altered treatment effects (Lu & Needham 1980). But in general, acupuncture did not make sufficient inroads in Western countries to warrant much attention from scientists. However, following the Meiji Restoration in the latter part of the nineteenth century, Japan was modernizing rapidly.

While this style of moxibustion has become less popular in modern China, it is still common in Japan where the method is called ‘okyu’. At the beginning of the twentieth century this style of moxibustion had developed the reputation for curing serious infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. Thus one of the early foci for the physiological investigations of okyu was into its immunological effects (Hara 1929, Tamura 1934). Between 1912 and 1941 more than 45 studies were completed showing the probable physiological and immunological basis of okyu moxibustion therapy (Manaka et al 1995, p 353–354).

The first of these, external validity, tells us how well results from studies are representative of actual practice. This challenge is also addressed in Chapter 11. ’ (Cassidy 2002). Verhoef et al define model validity: it ‘encompasses the need for research to adequately address the unique healing theory and therapeutic context of the intervention’ (Verhoef et al 2005). Model validity must be considered in relation to many of the issues discussed in this chapter, and in particular, what is the model of theory and practice that is to be tested?

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