Acupuncture

A Scientific Appraisal

Edited by

  • Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCPED, Professor of Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Exeter, UK
  • Adrian White, PhD, MA, BM, BCh, MA MD BM BCh, Clinical Research Fellow, Primary Care Research, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Plymouth, UK. Editor, Acupuncture in Medicine.

Acupuncture: a scientific appraisal takes an evaluative approach, summarising the evidence for acupuncture in an impartial way. An international team of specialist contributors brings a wide range of expertise to the book, drawing together different facets of research and clinical practice to provide a cohesive look at acupuncture today.

The increasing integration of acupuncture into health care services in the west, requires stringent criteria of efficacy, safety and cost in order to provide optimal benefit for patients, at minimal risk. All professionals involved in the delivery of healthcare will find this new book of great interest. The conclusions reached should provide a focus for future debate.

Fully referenced throughout, Acupuncture: a scientific appraisal is an easily accessible, balanced source of information for all practitioners of acupuncture. Healthcare providers, complementary therapists and members of the primary healthcare team will also find this an invaluable purchase.
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Book information

  • Published: July 1999
  • Imprint: BUTTERWORTH HEINEMANN
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-4163-0


Table of Contents

Introduction; History, nature and current practice of acupuncture: an East Asian perspective; Western medical acupuncture; Neurophysiology of acupuncture analgesia; Effects of sensory stimulation (acupuncture) on circulatory and immune systems; Clinical effectiveness of acupuncture; an overview of systematic reviews; Adverse effects of acupuncture; Conclusion; Index.