Despite many careful investigations, the scientific basis for acupuncture effects is suggested, but not strongly defined by published reports. Evidence for clinical benefit is also weak when acupuncture treatment is looked at in a clinical research setting.
For example, acupuncture is often described as helpful in managing pain. But large clinical trials in the treatment of pain with acupuncture have revealed little evidence of benefit beyond that gained by simply participating in a clinical trial.
And yet, public acceptance and enthusiasm for acupuncture in symptom management and supportive care is quite prevalent where such services are available.
The goal of the talk will be to provide an overview of both sides of this paradox, illustrated by examples from the published literature as well as from clinical practice.
Our presenter is Dr. Lynnae Schwartz, a physician acupuncturist in the private practice of acupuncture since retiring from academic hospital-based medicine and laboratory research. Her clinical work was in pediatric anesthesia, critical care and complex pain management services. Her laboratory investigations focused on how HIV-1/AIDS and other triggers of inflammation affect special populations of brain and nerve cells.
Acupuncture has been an aspect of Dr. Schwartz’s clinical practice since earning a Master’s Degree of Acupuncture in the mid-1990’s. She describes her acupuncture practice as being grounded in the teachings and treatments set forth in classical Chinese and Japanese healing traditions, combined with a contemporary scientific understanding of human health and disease. Additional information on her background and advanced acupuncture education are found by visiting her web site here.
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