Chinese Medical Research

“ Wanting to illuminate bright virtue under heaven, the ancients first governed their states. Wanting to govern their states, they first put their families in order. Wanting to put their families in order, they first cultivated their body. Wanting to cultivate their body, they first rectified their heart. Wanting to rectify their heart, they first made their intentions sincere. Wanting to make their intentions sincere, they first extended their knowledge. The extension of knowledge lies in the investigation of things.”

Confucius, Great Learning (Da Xue), 5th century BCE

The establishment of evidence-based medicine (EBM) has, since the 1970’s,  increasingly encouraged healthcare professionals to grow their clinical knowledge with other forms of evidence when providing care to a patient.  Research and evidence continues to have a significant impact on our healthcare and informs the recommendations made by healthcare organisations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

A vast amount of evidence and research has been published to date relating to Chinese medicine and which practitioners are encouraged to actively incorporate into their practice with every patient.  Most of this research has, however, been carried out in China and, although research is being increasingly conducted in the West, we believe more evidence is still needed which is relevant to both patients and healthcare professionals here in the UK.

It is my belief is that a more informed approach leads to better healthcare decisions.

In this section, I am pleased to share with you various summaries of recommendations and preliminary research relating to a number of health concerns.  You can search for your own articles of interest using the links I’ve provided to Chinese medicine resources and journals, medical and health libraries, databases and other health resources.

If you have questions about other health problems, please get in touch and I'll do my best to answer your queries.



New and updated articles and research about Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.


Provides a comprehensive source of information on Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

TCM Basics

Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine theories, diagnosis and herbal prescriptions.

Shen-Nong Limited

Detailed articles on the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine; also provides insightful comparisons between Western and Chinese Medicine viewpoints of various illnesses and diseases under 'Health Topics'.


Keep yourself informed about the latest global research into Traditional Chinese Medicine.

These resources provide useful abstracts and publicly available papers in research journals.

Institute for Traditional Medicine - This provides online articles concerning Chinese medicine treatment for certain disorders, Chinese herbal medicine and herbal safety, acupuncture and moxibustion as well as Tibetan, Ayurveda and other Asian medicine systems since 1995.

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture - Publishes clinical trials and case studies written by physicians, detailing Traditional Chinese medical theory as well as Western scientific analyses; abstracts and full articles from each volume since 1998 available.

Herb Research Foundation - Provides science-based information concerning the health and safety of Chinese and Western herbs; publications by order only, no abstracts available.

Journal of Chinese Medicine - Publishes case reports, clinical studies and experiential articles concerning acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine; sample articles from each issue since 1993 and abstracts from the latest issue available.

European Journal of Oriental Medicine - Publishes articles concerning acupuncture within clinical practice as well as current issues concerning education, philosophy and medical anthropology; abstracts since 1992 available only.

Acubriefs - Comprehensive searchable database of references on acupuncture.

Foundation for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine - Provides annual reports since 2002 summarising outcomes of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine research projects and clinical trials conducted within the UK .

Research Council for Complementary Medicine - Provides general reports on clinical efficacy of complementary medicines and articles since 1999 on current issues surrounding traditional medicines.

Acupuncture in Medicine - Provides professional reports on clinical trials, patient reports and pilot studies on acupuncture in the management of various conditions; sample articles from each issue and abstracts from all issues since November 1995 available.

Chinese Medicine Times - Ejournal for practitioners and students covering all aspects of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.


General Medical Information

National Health Service (UK)

Provides objective and trustworthy information and guidance on all aspects of health and healthcare.


Brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.

The Mayo Clinic

Offers health information to help users assess symptoms, understand their diagnosis and manage their health.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The main federal agency in the US for conducting and supporting medical research.


Provides an online searchable database for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals.



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