Revista Digital Universitaria
Revista Digital Universitaria ISSN: 1607 - 6079 | Publicación mensual | 1 de marzo de 2016 vol.17, No.3


Acupuncture Approach Based on Experimental Evidence

Salvador Quiroz González, Sergio Torres Castillo, Rosa Estela López Gómez, Yolanda García Piceno, Emma López Espinosa, Roberto Sánchez Ahedo e Ismael Jiménez Estrada

In this article the state of acupuncture is described from the perspective of clinical research and basic science. It is emphasized the intrinsic variables of acupuncture treatment, treatment planning according to Traditional Chinese Medicine and its involvement in clinical trials. The relationship between the effects of placebo acupuncture and the controversy of “reliable control” in clinical studies indicating nonspecific effects is reviewed. Moreover, some experimental evidences from animal models showing the effects of acupuncture and electroacupuncture on different organ systems is synthesized. Finally the importance of establishing links between basic and clinical science to find areas of convergence and determine the extent of treatment with acupuncture is described.

Keywords: acupuncture, clinical studies, basic science, placebo.