Proving the Point
Although hard to believe, there are still some people who have doubts regarding the efficacy of anything that is not ‘modern medicine.’ In spite of there being mountains of evidence available, it still requires people to go and look for it. In order to ease this tiresome burden of literature review, I am establishing this page which will provide a simple click to at least an abstract, from which further research can be carried out.
The requirement for entry on to this resource is that any paper will have been published in a peer reviewed journal and will follow the PROMPT criteria developed for evaluating information developed by the Open University. PROMPT stands for Presentation, Relevance, Objectivity, Method, Provenance and Timeliness. Some of the papers may well be older, but in the absence of more recent material, the paper may still provide good information. Further information on PROMPT criteria can be found here.
This initiative has been motivated by coming in to contact with people who dismiss all non allopathic therapies as having no evidence and therefore, by extension, deem those that practice these therapies as unworthy of being granted access to educational dissection classes.
See my blog post here for further discussion on this topic, but needless to say, it’s not a view I share. By building a reference resource in one place however, perhaps we can shine a light on some of the wealth of evidence that exists.
As this resource grows, the therapies will migrate to their own section.
The British Acupuncture Council hosts an extensive section of reviews relating to specific conditions treated by acupuncture