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…

What does quantum theory tell us about complementary medicine? Not much!

Last week I found myself strolling through the “health / self-help / esotericism” section of a local bookstore. I sometimes do this to get an idea of the latest trend in complementary medicine literature. Although I found nothing interesting this time, I got the inspiration for a new blog post. It happened when I was…

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…

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.…