NIH Consensus Statement on Acupuncture


Abstract:  The objective of this NIH Consensus Statement is to inform the biomedical research and clinical practice communities of the results of the NIH Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture. The statement provides state-of-the-art information regarding the appropriate use of acupuncture, and presents the conclusions and recommendations of the consensus panel regarding these issues. In addition, the statement identifies those areas of study that deserve further investigation. Upon completion, the reader should possess a clear working clinical knowledge of the state-of-the-art regarding this topic. The target audience of physicians for this statement includes, but is not limited to, family practitioners, medical acupuncturists, psychiatrists, and specialists in pain medicine.

The link below is to an overview of both the NIH Consensus Statement on Acupuncture and a review of the WHO’s 2003 study “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials”




1997 Nov 3-5;15(5):1-34.

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Journal Article