David trained in acupuncture at the Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, and for the last 35 years has been incorporating acupuncture treatment into his management of a wide range of neuromusculoskeletal disorders.
It is well known that Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced for some thousands of years and the main clinical elements of that practice, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have withstood the test of time. More recently the effectiveness of acupuncture and TCM has been subjected to scientific evaluation in the form of clinical trials. The quality of these trials has been improving in the last decade or so and a recent evaluation of the scientific literature has helped to clarify the current state of our knowledge about the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment as evidenced by clinical trials. The Acupuncture Evidence Project (1) determined that (using NHMRC levels of evidence) there was strong evidence to support the use of acupuncture for 8 conditions. These were;
The researchers found a moderate level of evidence to support the use of acupuncture for a further 38 conditions. A further 71 conditions were found to have “weak positive/unclear evidence” which underlines the need for further research in this field.
1. McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative
Literature Review (Revised edition) Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd; 2017