Acupuncture helps to glean new insights for biomedical research
Leading acupuncture researchers in the world identified at least 5 areas where research into acupuncture has helped to glean new insights for biomedical research:
- Research into acupuncture analgesia has expanded into neuroimaging research, broadening physiologic understanding and treatment of chronic pain;
- Acupuncture needle has become a tool to enhance biomedical knowledge of connective tissue;
- Use of a modified acupuncture needle as a sham device, focuses on emergent understanding of placebo effects and, in turn, on insights into therapeutic encounters in treatments unrelated to acupuncture;
- Two medical devices now in widespread use: transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators for pain control and anti-nausea wrist bands, were inspired by acupuncture;
- Pragmatic clinical trial designs applied in acupuncture research have informed current general interest in comparative effectiveness research.
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