Clinical Acupuncture: Scientific Basis

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Gabriel Stux, Richard Hammerschlag, B. Pomeranz
Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Jan 1, 2001 - Medical - 227 pages
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In 1988, when "Scientific Bases of Acupuncture" was published, its edi tors noted that 12 years had passed since the acupuncture endorphin hypothesis was first postulated, an event that marked the start of serious basic research on acupuncture. The editors also suggested that more was known about the mechanisms of acupuncture analgesia than many pro cedures of conventional medicine and, in consequence, it was time to stop referring to acupuncture as an "experimental procedure. " Now another 12 years have passed. Acupuncture research, both basic and clinical, has greatly expanded. Modern biomedical techniques, including those of molecular biology and medical imaging, have revealed increasingly detailed physiological correlates of acupuncture action. Clinical researchers from Europe, North America, and Asia have devised a variety of protocols to test acupuncture efficacy according to generally accepted standards for randomized controlled trials. A critical review of acupuncture research by the United States Food and Drug Administra tion resulted in the label "experimental" being legally removed from the packaging of acupuncture needles in 1996, just as the editors of "Scien tific Bases of Acupuncture" had proposed. A year later, again in large part a result of increased and improved acupuncture research, a consen sus conference on acupuncture convened by the U. S. National Institutes of Health concluded its panel report with the endorsement " . . . there is sufficient evidence of acupuncture's value to expand its use into conven tional medicine and to encourage further studies of its physiology and clinical value" (JAMA 280:1518-24).

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Acupuncture Analgesia Basic Research
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Dr. Gabriel Stux, MD
Acupuncture since 1977 in China, Sri Lanka, India
Founder and Chairman of the German Acupuncture Society, DA1/4sseldorf, 1978,
Lectures on Acupuncture all over the world for more than 20 years
Introduction of a new energy medicine, called Chakren Acupuncture in 1988

Dr. Brian Berman, MD, Professor
Founder and Director of the University of Maryland Complementary Medicine Program (CMP), 1991
Professor of Familiy Medicine, trained in acupuncture, homeopathiy and other CAM-approaches
Principal Investigator of a NIH center grant for compementary medicine research
International Seirin award for his contributions to the scientific understanding of acupuncture
Chair of the steering committee of the Consortium of Academical Medical Centers whose mission is to promote integrative medicine
Co-Chair of the editorial board of the report to the NIH: Alternative Medicine: Expanding Medical Horizons
Coordinator of the Complementary Medicine Field of the international Cochrane Collaboration

Dr. Bruce Pomeranz, MD, PhD
MD and CM at McGill University 1961, PhD at Harvard 1967
University of Toronto, Professor of Zoology and Physiology
Assistant Professor at M.I.T 1966-1968

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