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Clinical Efficacy, Mechanisms, and Safety of Acupuncture and Moxibustion 2014

Call for Papers

Acupuncture has recently increased in popularity and is becoming more widespread throughout the world. It is described as one of the “complementary and alternative medicine/therapies,” showing promising efficacy in the treatment of many conditions and resulting in fewer adverse effects compared with some conventional medical treatments. Many studies in animals and humans have demonstrated that acupuncture results in multiple biological responses. Although the endorphin theory has been well established, the mechanisms underlying acupuncture treatments have not been extensively studied. Basic and clinical acupuncture studies are important and timely. Although acupuncture is widely used with a relatively sound safety profile, incidences of acupuncture adverse effects have been reported. Modern technology should be used to explore its safer practice such as safe needling depths and techniques as well as proper use of clean needle techniques.

Moxibustion is another traditional Chinese medical intervention that involves the burning of moxa above body surface of the acupuncture points. The clinical efficacy and mechanism of moxibustion have not been extensively studied. In addition, it is important that moxibustion safety issues are investigated, with regard to potential tissue damage and adverse physical reactions.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate efforts to understand the clinical efficacy, mechanism of action, and safety of acupuncture and moxibustion. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluation of clinical efficacy of acupuncture
  • Mechanisms of acupuncture
  • Safety issues of acupuncture
  • Research evidence for acupuncture or moxibustion
  • Evaluation of clinical efficacy of moxibustion
  • Mechanisms of moxibustion
  • Safety of moxibustion

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ecam/acup14/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 18 April 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 11 July 2014
Publication DateFriday, 5 September 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Jaung-Geng Lin, China Medical University Taichung, School of Chinese Medicine, Taichung, Taiwan

Guest Editors

  • Yi-Hung Chen, Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science, China Medical University in Taichung, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Xin-Yan Gao, Department of Physiology, Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Lixing Lao, School of Chinese Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Gerhard Litscher, Medical University of Graz, Stronach Research Unit for Complementary and Integrative Laser Medicine, Research Unit of Biomedical Engineering in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine and TCM Research Center, Graz, Austria
  • Charlie C. L. Xue, School of Health Sciences, College of Science Engineering & Health, Traditional & Complementary Medicine Program, Health Innovations Research Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia