Saad Marcelo - Acupuncture concepts and physiology

Author : Saad Marcelo
Title : Acupuncture concepts and physiology
Year : 2011

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Preface. Acupuncture is growing in popularity world-wide. Since it started to be scientifically studied in the 1970’s, acupuncture is conquering position as an efficient and safe therapeutic method. The amount of cumulated scientific evidence is already enough to guarantee a highly detached status for acupuncture among other complementary therapies. In many countries, acupuncture is well integrated into the conventional health system. This scenario would seem to be very favorable and the value of acupuncture would thus seem well consolidated. However, there are several factors that could shake this structure.The mechanisms of action of acupuncture are not entirely clear. Although we have many pieces of this puzzle, it is still not complete neither entirely mounted. Another debilitating element is the absence of a convincing model of sham acupuncture for a control group in clinical trials. All this facts, allied to inappropriate prejudice and unfamiliarity, reinforce the false notion that acupuncture works mainly due to placebo effect. There is still the issue of the absence of a universal consensus about the degree in which acupuncture can be independent to the traditional chinese medicine. However, acupuncture can also be self-sustained. Currently, it is practiced in more than 160 countries and regions. The UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) inscribed acupuncture on its List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010. There cannot be larger acclamation than this one. Acupuncture and related techniques are useful tools for treating a spectrum of diseases. But there are still many areas of controversy. We hope this book can contribute to guide the advance of this ancient medical art. In the present work, the reader will find texts written by authors from different parts of the world. The chapters cover strategic areas to collaborate with the consolidation of the knowledge in acupuncture. The book doesn’t intend to solve all the questions regarding this issue. The main objective is to share elements to make acupuncture more and better offered at health systems worldwide. ...

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