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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 871217, 5 pages
Review Article

Acupuncture and Depth: Future Direction for Acupuncture Research

1School of Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Tuina, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, 11 North East Third Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029, China
2School of Biological Sciences, College of Science, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798
3Dongfang Hospital, Second Affiliated Hospital of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100078, China

Received 19 May 2014; Accepted 8 June 2014; Published 8 July 2014

Academic Editor: Gerhard Litscher

Copyright © 2014 You Li Goh et al. 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.


The research on acupuncture has increased steadily over the years and regular review and revision of the direction of future acupuncture research are necessary. This paper aims to review and explore the significance of acupuncture depth in modern acupuncture research. Searches conducted in Science Direct and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) databases reflected a lack of focus on depth of acupuncture. We propose that the research trends of acupuncture should progress to the depth of insertion. It is suggested that future acupuncture research, especially randomized controlled trials (RCTs), should take into consideration the depth of insertion. Comparison between databases using different language of medium suggests the need for international collaboration of researchers from the same field. It is also crucial to inherit and innovate traditional medicine (TM) through modern technology. The use of bibliometric method is also suitable for development of TM research trends. Acupuncture and depth should be considered as one of the future directions of acupuncture research.