Research resources


In the UK, the best source of information about acupuncture research is the Acupuncture Research Resource Centre (ARRC).  The ARRC was set up by the British Acupuncture Council in 1994 and is currently hosted by the centre for complementary healthcare and integrated medicine (CCHIM) at Thames Valley University.  We are fortunate that Mark Bovey, who is the co-ordinator of the ARRC, is also a member of our teaching staff.

The British Acupuncture Council website also holds a series of fact sheets and review papers suitable for patients and other health professionals.  These are regularly updated and added to.

Articles and research

As a growing profession in the UK, it is important that we contribute to the education of our prospective patients, the public, our peers and other healthcare professionals.  We encourage staff, students and graduates to write about acupuncture and Chinese medicine and add to the knowledge available.

Our acupuncture degree students learn about research and reflective practice and write a dissertation in their third year.  Many of our staff and graduates also undertake research or write for journals and other publications, and we are delighted to share some of that work with you here.

Exploring acupuncture outcomes in a college clinic

Jackie Shaw, Penelope Bidgood and Nasrollah Saebi

This is a fascinating article about research conducted in our own college clinic to evaluate the outcomes for patients.  Jackie Shaw, the lead author, is a member of our staff and one of the leaders of our research and reflective practice module.

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Acupuncture for headaches

Mark Bovey

Mark Bovey is a member of our teaching staff, an acupuncture practitioner, research manager for the British Acupuncture Council and coordinator of the Acupuncture Research Resource Centre.  He is the author of a number of acupuncture research articles and has been co-investigator on studies with fertility and Parkinson's disease.

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A feasibility study of acupuncture for the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder

Jonathan Pledger

Jonathan Pledger is vice principal here at the college, Chinese medicine lecturer and clinical supervisor.  He is a CICM graduate as well as being a shiatsu therapist.  He carried out this fascinating piece of research into the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder.

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The origin of shen

Sandra Hill

Sandra Hill traces the concepts and meanings of the most intangible of the three treasures.

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Acupuncture and moxibustion in the management of non-cancer-related lower limb lymphoedema: three case studies

Beverley de Valois

Beverley de Valois is a CICM graduate who specialises in investigating the use of acupuncture to improve quality of life for cancer survivors.  In 2007, she was awarded a PhD by the University of West London for her research into using acupuncture to manage tamoxifen side effects in women with breast cancer.  She combines research work and lecturing with private practice in west London and in 2011 she was elected a fellow of the British Acupuncture Council in recognition of her contribution to the acupuncture profession in the UK.

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