There is a growing body of research into the uses and effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. For research results on efficacy to conform to the usual Western medical standards, trials on the human population need to be of large scale, double-blind and randomised controlled. All of the references made within this website to research into acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine need, therefore, to be seen in that context. While considerable scientific research has been carried out, much remains to be done.

The Acupuncture Research Resource Centre (ARRC)

British Acupuncture Council Research Fact Sheets

The Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine

World Health Organisation’s (WHO) report published in 2003 providing a review and analysis of controlled clinical trials of acupuncture therapy

The Cochrane Collaboration reviews