For keeping up with current research books take too long to produce and date too quickly. Nevertheless they are useful for:

  • Reviewing existing research up to a point about two years before publication date
  • Providing comprehensive information on research methods
  • Giving more detailed exploration of a subject than is possible within the length of a journal article
  • Information on areas scarcely covered by journal articles, which could include substantial descriptions and thinking on acupuncture practice. This may not in itself be research but could certainly inform research

Here is a selection of general research books for acupuncture/Chinese medicine/CAM:

  • Acupuncture Research: Strategies for Developing an Evidence Base (2007). MacPherson H, Hammerschlag R, Lewith G, Schnyer R (eds). Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh
  • Acupuncture. A Scientific Appraisal (2000). Ernst E & White A. Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Acupuncture Efficacy: A Compendium of Controlled Clinical Studies (1996). Birch S & Hammerschlag R. National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Clinical Acupuncture. Scientific Basis (2001). Stux G & Hammerschlag R. Springer
  • Clinical Research in Complementary Therapies - Principles, Problems and Solutions (2001). Lewith GT, Jonas WB & Walach H (eds.). Churchill Livingstone
  • Complementary Medicine: A Research Perspective (1997). Vincent C & Furnham A. Wiley
  • Contemporary Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (2001). Cassidy C. Churchill Livingstone
  • Electroacupuncture. A Practical Manual and Resource (2007). Mayor D (ed).(Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh)
  • Integrating East Asian Medicine into Contemporary Healthcare (2011). Scheid V, MacPherson H (eds).  Churchill Livingstone
  • Medical Acupuncture. A Western Scientific Approach (1997). Filshie J & White A. Churchill Livingstone.
  • Research Made Easy In Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2003). Kane M. Churchill Livingstone
  • Understanding Acupuncture (1999). Birch SJ & Felt RL. Churchill Livingstone