Guidelines for clinical research in acupuncture


WHO Regional Publications


The attached file is a PDF document created by the World Health Organization in 1995.

“The guidelines aim to encourage the use of systemic laboratory and clinical studies as a way of validating acupuncture, improving its acceptability to modern medicine, and thus extending its use as a simple, inexpensive, and effective therapeutic option. It sets out guidelines that incorporate the established methods and procedures of scientific investigation, yet reflect the special nature of acupuncture as a discipline. The guidelines respond to both growing interest in the therapeutic applications of acupuncture and the need to validate these applications through the compilation of reliable and comparable clinical data.”


Western Pacific Series #15: 1995

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WHO regional office for the western pacific