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Clinical Efficacy, Mechanisms, and Safety of Acupuncture and Moxibustion

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 to some conventional medicine. 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 relative 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 be investigated, in 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 Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 1 March 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 24 May 2013
Publication DateFriday, 19 July 2013

Lead Guest Editor

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

Guest Editors

  • Yi-Hung Chen, Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Xin-Yan Gao, Department of Physiology, Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Lixing Lao, Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM), School of Medicine, University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Hyejung Lee, Acupuncture and Meridian Science Research Centre, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • Gerhard Litscher, Stronach Research Unit for Complementary and Integrative Laser Medicine, Research Unit of Biomedical Engineering in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, and TCM Research Center, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria