Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Volume 7 |Article ID 158143 | https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nep006

Sabina Lim, "WHO Standard Acupuncture Point Locations", Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 7, Article ID 158143, 2 pages, 2010. https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nep006

WHO Standard Acupuncture Point Locations

Received10 Dec 2008
Accepted12 Jan 2009

Abstract

WHO Standard Acupuncture Point Locations in the Western Pacific Region (WHO Standard) was released in 2008. Initially, there were 92/361 controversial acupuncture points (acupoints). Through seven informal consultations and four task force team meetings, 86 points were agreed upon among the 92 controversial acupoints, leaving 6 remaining controversial acupoints, demanding active research in the future. This will enhance the reproducibility and validity of acupuncture studies. It will also lead to a better understanding of acupuncture mechanisms in order to optimize its clinical efficacy for a range of diseases and syndromes. This book has two parts: General Guidelines for Acupuncture Point Locations and WHO Standard Acupuncture Point Locations. First of all, familiarity with the General Guidelines for Acupuncture Point Locations in this book can help the reader to understand and use the contents of this book in depth. I would like to thank all of the participating experts and scholars for this great work, who have overcome the limits of previous acupuncture references. I also appreciate the dedicated effort and harmonious leadership of Dr Choi Seung-hoon, former Regional Adviser in Traditional Medicine of Western Pacific Office, WHO.

Copyright © 2010 Sabina Lim. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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