Acupuncture is a complementary medicine with a good research base.
To find out more about Acupuncture clinical research and Acupuncture in the news, follow these links to the British Acupuncture Council website:
These fact sheets are produced to provide accurate and unbiased general information for a variety of conditions.
They provide summaries of research and how acupuncture may be beneficial.
I have also taken part in acupuncture research:
“Dee Holbourne took part in a large nationwide study that investigated how non-specific effects (e.g. the therapeutic relationship, patient and practitioner beliefs and attitudes towards the treatment, the clinic environment, and characteristics of the treatment) influence patients’ recovery/management of their low back pain. Dee Holbourne was a participating practitioner, who introduced the study to eligible patients and gave them patient invitation packs. Dee Holbourne also completed treatment follow up questionnaires and liaised with the University of Southampton for the duration of the study. Support from practitioners like Dee Holbourne was vital for the success of the study. The research team at the University of Southampton are very grateful for practitioners like Dee Holbourne who support research that is important to the improvement of future low back pain treatments.”
When I am involved in a study participation of patients is, of course, voluntary.