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Blinded by science? Understand the root

Date(s): 17 October 2019

Time: 10am-5pm

Eligibility: Acupuncture practitioners & 3rd year students

Venue: College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading

In the past I felt frustrated when I met people who claimed to be scientists and stated "There is no evidence that acupuncture works". Actually, the evidence for acupuncture is much stronger than many acupuncturists realise. The root of the problem is a misconception of acupuncture placebo-controlled trials. This seminar will shed light on the placebo-controlled evidence and how it has been misinterpreted: sometimes unwittingly and, perhaps, sometimes deliberately by scientists to downplay the effectiveness acupuncture. The seminar will also allocate time to discuss any questions you have. You can bring along questions that have been put to you that you found difficult to answer. No research knowledge required. The seminar will enable you to feel more confident in discussing research with patients, other healthcare professionals, and self-proclaimed scientists at parties. 


Ian Appleyard is an acupuncturist, lecturer and researcher. His acupuncture training was undertaken in the UK, China and Japan. He graduated with a BSc Acupuncture from Westminster University 1998. He studied with a private practitioner, Ikeda Yuji, in Japan. From 2003-2006 he lived in China and undertook further study at the Shu Guan Hospital and the Meridian Research Institute in Shanghai. He also completed a year of postgraduate clinical training at the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of TCM in Nanjing. He has advanced level Mandarin. He was course director of the acupuncture programmes at London South Bank University - Confucius Institute of TCM from 2008-2018. He completed his PhD in 2018 and has a particular interest in the methodological challenges of researching acupuncture.

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