17. What is the evidence for acupuncture?
There is now a substantial body of evidence for acupuncture from research carried out here in the UK, in China and all over the world. Acupuncture is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the prevention of headache and migraine. Our College co-founder Dr Hugh MacPherson is now Professor of Acupuncture Research at the University of York and one of the leading researchers in the UK. He has carried out clinical trials and pioneering research studies using neuroimaging showing how the brain responds to acupuncture needles.
Dr Hugh MacPherson –
“One of the questions posed by scientists is to ask whether or not acupuncture is simply a placebo, albeit a powerful one. This question has been answered definitively by a systematic review of high quality clinical trials of acupuncture for chronic pain, namely musculoskeletal pain in the low back and neck, headache and migraine, and osteoarthritis.”