A major shift is happening in the world of research for Alternative Medicine, with more emphasis being placed on clinical experiences rather than the traditionally sterile data collected from randomly controlled trials.
The mechanisms in which acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine specifically work within the body are still unknown, and therefore randomized controlled trials cannot fully be dependent upon to determine the efficacy of acupuncture and TCM.
Until another study design is developed that can accurately differentiate between all the variables involved with acupuncture (such as qi manipulation, sham needling, de qi sensation, etc) that both the allopathic and alternative medicine worlds can agree upon, we as a community must examine different routes to obtain and share knowledge of what works for our patients.
TCM is an individualized medicine, and therefore it is beneficial to review individualized cases of success and adverse effects. The knowledge conveyed through case study analysis is incredibly relevant and advantageous for modern day practice, and together we can work to demonstrate the case study model as a reliable and beneficial form of evidence-based research.
Building a case study database such as QIPARTNER will serve as an invaluable resource to the acupuncture and Chinese medicine community as a wealth of knowledge, experience, and practical application.
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