Here are some great articles and studies on acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.

Landmark review and analysis of clinical trials on acupuncture published in 2003 by the World Health Organization (WHO). This link goes directly to the section of the document that lists the diseases and disorders that the WHO’s analysis finds can be treated effectively with acupuncture. Through the WHO site, you can also download the entire document in PDF form.

Swedish study which shows that acupuncture may be effective in treating polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). In the link posted above to the World Health Organization’s 2003 review and analysis, PCOS falls in the category of “Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed.” This article, published in U.S. News and World Report, is a good start to that further proof.

Abstract of a 2007 study that indicates acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating clinical depression is comparable to the effectiveness of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, e.g., Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil).

Discussion of acupuncture as an adjuvant treatment in cancer care. This article, at the website of the American Cancer Society, discusses a 2000 study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study showed that acupuncture combined with Western anti-nausea drugs was more effective than the anti-nausea drugs alone in relieving the nausea and vomiting that are frequently major concerns for patients receiving chemotherapy.

Using acupuncture as safe and effective pain relief during pregnancy. The article discusses a Yale School of Medicine study that indicates ear acupuncture can effectively relieve lower-back and pelvic pain in pregnant women.

Here are two well-executed studies demonstrating that acupuncture can be used to enhance athletic performance: an abstract of a 2003 study performed on elite female athletes, and an abstract of 1992 study performed on “healthy young men.” Note that both of these studies utilize empirical measurements of athletic performance: the 1992 study uses spiroergometry, and the 2003 study uses salivary markers for both stress and immune function.

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