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Locating Active Acupuncture Points: The Solution to a Paradox in Acupuncture Research?

Locating Active Acupuncture Points: The Solution to a Paradox in Acupuncture Research?

The Society for Acupuncture Research recently pointed out a trend in the majority of acupuncture research studies that may come as a surprise to many acupuncturists: that true acupuncture does not significantly outperform sham acupuncture. However, examination of a selection of research articles published during the last decade reveals that the researchers disregard diagnostic palpation in their studies and instead rely solely on ‘official’ textbook point descriptions. This article argues that although choosing and locating acupuncture points according to textbook descriptions is how acupuncture is typically taught to students, palpation is crucial for tailoring point selection and location to individual patients in the clinic, thereby ensuring therapeutic success. Acupuncture practitioners should first learn to identify active points on themselves by distinguishing the various sensations that each point triggers in the body and how an active point feels under a palpating finger; they can thereby learn to recognise active points in their patients, thus improving the results of their treatment. This approach to acupuncture should be utilised and tested in future acupuncture research, which in the author’s opinion would change the current trend in acupuncture research referred to above.

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AuthorVladislav Korostyshevskiy

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