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The United States has been slow to appreciate the potential health and economic benefits of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and the other disciplines that comprise Chinese traditional medicine. This is not the case in the rest of the world. The U.S. National Institute of Health only acknowledges acupuncture to be effective for two conditions and gives a dozen others for which it may be useful adjunctive therapy. To its credit it has increased funding for research in acupuncture and there are a number of interesting studies underway. Chinese herbal medicine, on the other hand, does not seem to be even a consideration for them.

Meanwhile, in Asia and Europe there is very interesting work being done on all the disciplines of Chinese traditional medicine. The World Health Organization considers that acupuncture has proven its effectiveness for nearly 30 conditions and that substantial evidence exists showing its effectiveness for over 60 others.

Unfortunately for English speakers, much of the research being done abroad is relatively inaccessible. Much of the content on these pages is drawn from two excellent English language journals. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine publishes research papers on studies done primarily in China, Japan and Korea. The Journal of Chinese Medicine always includes a fascinating roundup of research being done around the globe.