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A Need for Needles - Acupuncture

Does it Really Work?


Author(s)

Sarah G. Stonefoot
Department of Art & Art History
Beloit College
stonefos@beloit.edu
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Department of Biological Sciences
University at Buffalo
herreid@buffalo.edu

Abstract

In this case study, students evaluate information about the use of acupuncture and consider the possibilities of alternative therapies while at the same time questioning their effectiveness. To complete the case, students collect information from Internet sources and journal publications from both a "pro" and "con" point of view, with an emphasis on carefully evaluating the credibility of the information they collect. The case would be suitable for introductory level courses in biology and science.


Objectives

  • To consider alternative medical therapies in general and acupuncture in particular.
  • To evaluate information and data to determine whether there is enough scientific evidence to conclude that acupuncture is an effective form of treatment.

Keywords

Acupuncture; alternative medicine; complementary medicine; pain management; electroacupuncture; qi; yin; yang; moxibustion; cupping; endorphin theory; gate-control theory; placebo effect; evidence based medicine; nervous system

Topical Areas

Scientific argumentation

Educational Level

Undergraduate lower division

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Dilemma/Decision, Discussion

Language

English

Subject Headings

Biology (General)  |   Science (General)  |   Medicine (General)  |  


Date Posted

06/28/04

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