Interview on acupuncture research with Professor Benno Brinkhaus

Prologue I am on my way back from Berlin after meeting Professor Benno Brinkhaus, a German pioneer of clinical acupuncture research, at the Charité. A window seat on an Intercity Express train, traveling at 250 kph, is one of my favorite places to work. And they serve such good coffee! Unfortunately, the journey will only…

Acupuncture research: Acupoints are fuzzy

My favourite papers I decided to start a new category today, called “My favourite papers”. In this category I will feature papers that I believe are central to the understanding of how complementary therapies, like acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, TENS, manual therapy, and others may work. This may include specific as well as unspecific effects, since…

Acupuncture and science

Have you ever wondered how sticking a simple needle into someone’s body can possibly cause effects, like preventing migraine, helping with dysmenorrhoea or even alleviating nausea induced by chemotherapy. I have. And I still do every single day. In fact, I have thought so much about this question that it has become my professional job.…