An interesting discussion revolving around two identified paradoxes in acupuncture research
Paradox One is that an increasing number of large
clinical trials have reported that true acupuncture does not significantly
outperform sham acupuncture, a finding apparently at
odds with traditional theories regarding acupuncture point specificity
and needling techniques.
Paradox Two is that while many studies with animal and
human experimental models have reported physiologic effects that
vary as a function of needling parameters, the extent to which these
parameters influence therapeutic outcomes in clinical trials is
Resolving Paradoxes in Acupuncture Research: A Roundtable Discussion
Peter M. Wayne, Richard Hammerschlag, Helene M. Langevin, Vitaly Napadow, Jongbae J. Park, Rosa N. Schnyer
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. September 2009, 15(9): 1039-1044.