Special Acupuncture Research Considerations

There are several aspects that make reading acupuncture research different from reading other clinical research, and key terminology that is important to understand before diving in. This information will likely be of most interest to other acupuncturists or acupuncture students as well as anyone who does have some general research knowledge but is beginning to read more of the literature associated with acupuncture and East Asian Medicine.


  1. McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised edition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd; 2017. http://www.acupuncture.org.au.
  2. Helene M. Langevin, Peter M. Wayne, Hugh MacPherson, Rosa Schnyer, Ryan M. Milley, Vitaly Napadow, Lixing Lao, Jongbae Park, Richard E. Harris, Misha Cohen, Karen J. Sherman, Aviad Haramati, Richard Hammerschlag, "Paradoxes in Acupuncture Research: Strategies for Moving Forward", Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2011, Article ID 180805, 11 pages, 2011. https://doi.org/10.1155/2011/180805
  3. https://www.acunow.org/putting-acupuncture-research-into-perspective.html