Chinese medicine is the longest continuously practiced medical system still thriving and developing in the world today. Over centuries, Chinese medicine has developed a very clear and sophisticated understanding of the human body, its structure, function, health and disease.
Modern Chinese medicine combines time-tested experiential knowledge developed over a vast period of time with modern research methods aimed at improving safety and efficacy of treatment. The Chinese medical research community is taking an evidence-based approach to Chinese medicine, which is helping to inform modern practice and support its use in the broader health care system.
Every day there are more and more scientific studies published in Chinese medicine and general medical and scientific journals around the world. For example, results of an analysis of research into the effect of acupuncture on IVF success rates were recently published in the British Medical Journal.
Chinese medicine is becoming increasingly popular in Australia and throughout the world as an alternative to Western medical health care. As this continues, so to will research to help broaden our understanding while improving safety and effectiveness of treatment.
The United States National Institute of Health states in their consensus on acupuncture of 1997 that 'there is sufficient evidence of acupuncture's value to expand its use into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its physiology and clinical value.'