Press Release: August 13, 2007
National Acupuncture Foundation (NAF)

August 13, 2007

Contact: Tierney Tully
NAF Publications

P.O. Box 137

Chaplin, CT 06235
Phone: (860) 455-4424


2007 Annual Conference of the Society for Acupuncture Research

The Status and Future of Acupuncture Research:
10 Years Post – NIH Consensus Conference

University of Maryland at Baltimore
November 8 – 11, 2007
Baltimore, MD, USA

In November, 1997, a landmark report by a consensus panel convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that there is clear evidence of acupuncture efficacy for postoperative and chemotherapy related nausea and vomiting, for nausea of pregnancy, and for postoperative dental pain. The NIH panel also cited other conditions for which acupuncture may be effective as a stand alone or an adjunct therapy, but for which there is less convincing scientific data. These other conditions included drug addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headaches, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma. This consensus report has served as one of the most significant government statements that has contributed to increased acceptance of acupuncture and Oriental medicine by the biomedical profession in the United States.

This 10th anniversary of the 1997 NIH Consensus Conference on Acupuncture will feature:

  • Keynote presentations that will assess scientific progress in acupuncture research during the past decade and examine opportunities and challenges for future studies.
  • International speakers who will deliver original presentations in three major areas:
    controlled clinical trials, basic science, and critical methodological issues.
  • Panel discussions and poster sessions that will evaluate key topics in acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
  • Pre-conference workshops that will focus on understanding the fundamentals of research in Oriental medicine for practitioners, educators, and students new to the research field.

Pre-Conference Workshops; November 8, 2007

  • Introduction to Current Issues in Acupuncture Research
  • An Experiential Approach to the Life Cycle of an Oriental Medicine Clinical Trial
  • Acupuncture and Neuroimaging: A Primer of the Brain and Neuroimaging for Acupuncturists

Pre-Conference Satellite Symposium; November 8, 2007 (1:00 – 5:00pm)

  • International Symposium on Traditional Chinese Medicine Approaches to Gastrointestinal Disorders (Free)

Up to 37 CEU’s available, including Maryland and California

For registration and further information, visit the SAR website at:

Sponsored by the Society for Acupuncture Research, the University of Maryland
Center for Integrative Medicine and NCCAM

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