I’ll be honest, I’m not terribly impressed by research in general. I’ve worked as a research assistant. I saw that human need, greed, error, and intention can all sway results and what is published (and how it’s published). However, as someone with a science background and two parents in the field of science (Dad: PhD chemistry; Mom: Nurse), I can’t ignore research. So, here are some links to online publications about my fave topic, TCM:
How does acupuncture work?
1. Changes in blood flow
- Evaluation of the Effects of Acupuncture on Blood Flow in Humans with Ultrasound Color Doppler Imaging
- Change of Blood Perfusion in Hegu Acupoint After Contralateral Hegu Acupoint Was Stimulated — This one is really interesting! Acupuncture one hand and see the changes in blood flow at the same point on the opposite hand.
2. Changes in the brain
- Altered Small-World Efficiency of Brain Functional Networks in Acupuncture at ST36: A Functional MRI Study
What can it treat?
1. Digestion issues
- Acupuncture relieves IBS pain
- Effectiveness of electroacupuncture at Zusanli (ST36) on the immunohistochemical density of enteroendocrine cells related to gastrointestinal function
- Acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy to pharmacological treatment in patients with chronic pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee: a 3-armed, randomized, placebo-controlled trial
3. Cardiovascular disease