Guidelines for Clinical Research on Acupuncture PDF ´

Sets out basic guiding principles for the design and conduct of clinical evaluations of acupuncture Noting that knowledge about acupuncture remains largely confined to anecdotal experiences the guidelines aim to encourage the use of systematic laboratory and clinical studies as a way of validating acupuncture improving its acceptability to modern medicine and thus extending its use as a simple inexpensive and effective therapeutic option With this goal in mind the book sets out guidelines that incorporate the established methods and procedures of scientific investigation yet reflect the special nature of acupuncture as a discipline The guidelines respond to both growing interest in the therapeutic applications of acupuncture and the need to validate these applications through the compilation of reliable and comparable clinical data

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