The Lack of Clinical Quality Guidelines Causes Underestimation of Efficacy in Sham Controlled Acupuncture Trials

A serious flaw in the design of acupuncture research studies has been contaminating “sham controlled” clinical trials for decades. Unfortunately, this problem has been largely unacknowledged having only recently been questioned by researchers in China (1) even though it should be readily seen as rendering such trials incapable of answering the fundamental question they are […]

Master Tung Part Two: Low Back Pain

I think talk is cheap. It’s easy to sit around and talk about how great this system is, or how wonderful that point is, or what a good job we did. I think the only measuring stick we should use is “do our points and our style end the pain and suffering of others?” And […]

“PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW.” Why we must make “Getting to the Point” & How the Acupuncture Community Can Make it Happen

The Acupuncture Now Foundation was formed two years ago making bold claims such as it being possible to double the number of people seeking acupuncture services within 5 years, and to bring down the barriers of misunderstanding preventing acupuncture from meeting its’ true potential. I still believe those goals can happen and that making the […]

Great News! Results of a Survey sent to 89,000 Acupuncture Patients

The results of a survey sent to 89,000 acupuncture patients treated between 2014 and 2015 were recently released and showed the levels of patient satisfaction exceeded national benchmark averages of conventional care providers. This is really great news for both the public and the acupuncture profession. It is one thing to tell people that acupuncture […]

Acupuncture at or Near the Top of All Treatments for Low Back Pain According to Study Commissioned by U.S. Government – Part 1

A recent landmark report commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), found acupuncture to be at or near the top of every category measuring the effectiveness of a wide range of treatments for low back pain. Especially encouraging was the […]

ANF and CMAAC Sign MoU (acronyms explained below)

The Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Association of Canada (CMAAC) and Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to formerly collaborate on the promotion and ongoing development of the practice of acupuncture. This marks the fourth MoU the ANF has signed in just over one year and is an important part of […]

The ANF White Paper and our Public Education Strategy

The ANF recently released our first white paper – “Acupuncture: More than Pain Management”. While we hope acupuncturists will find this paper helpful in educating people about acupuncture’s ability to treat a wide range of conditions, the paper’s primary audience was the media. Releasing the white paper is an important part of our public education […]

The ANF goes to Rothenberg, Germany

I am very much looking forward to attending and presenting at the largest TCM conference outside of Asia, the TCM Kongress in Rothenberg, Germany. I will be presenting on the topic of “Advancing Acupuncture in the West” as well as attending meetings involving leadership of acupuncture organizations from many different countries. I will be joined […]