Acupuncture research: The role of bodily attention

I have not written for some time. This was partly due to a nice long holiday I spent with my wife and son in Southern France surfing and relaxing (as much as the latter is possible with a three-year-old child). After my return I have been busy managing the everyday madness of running a research…

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 research: Sensation follows channel

While writing on the still unfinished paper mentioned in my first post I stumbled upon this figure from one of my previous papers and thought it might be a good idea to share it with you. Thanks to open access publishing I am actually allowed to do that. The figure shows how complex sensations that…

Somatosensory therapies

I noticed that I wrote a lot about acupuncture in my last post. This does not give justice to the fact that my research interests are somewhat broader. The name of the research group I am heading at Hannover Medical School (in Germany) translates “Somatosensory and Autonomic Therapy Research”. As the term somatosensory therapies is…

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.…