Journal articles make up the bulk of the research literature for acupuncture, as with any other subject. Here is a list of the main journals that have a high frequency of acupuncture articles. Note though that occasional articles appear in a large number of medical journals, as well as others in public health, psychology, social science and science publications. The journals listed are almost entirely English language publications, though important titles in many other European languages are indexed in Western databases. More significant still is the huge output from China, along with Taiwan, Korea, Japan and other East Asian countries. A few of these journals are in English and some others in their own languages are indexed in English language databases (with English abstracts). However, the bulk of this literature is not generally available without expensive subscriptions and knowledge of the language.

For a review of the extent, language, country of origin and subject matter of the global output of acupuncture research articles cited in a Western scientific database:

  •  Ji-Sheng Han, Yuh-Shan Ho. Global trends and performances of acupuncture research. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 2011; 35: 680–687.

This also shows which journals have published the most acupuncture articles.

List of journals

***  titles in italics are freely accessible

Acupuncture and Electrotherapeutics Research

Acupuncture and Related Therapies

Acupuncture in Medicine

Acupuncture Today - on-line newsletter

Alternative and Complementary Therapies

Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

American Journal of Acupuncture (*) [1973-1999]

American Journal of Chinese Medicine

Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine - subscription journal but most articles free

BioMed Central

Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine Times

Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine [1999-2003]

Complementary Therapies in Medicine

Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

European Journal of Integrative Medicine

European Journal of Oriental Medicine

Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative medicine

Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT)

Forschende Komplementarmedizin [mostly German; some English & all abstracts in English]

Integrative Cancer Therapies

Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies

Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

The Journal of Integrative Medicine

Journal of Chinese Medicine

Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The Lantern

Medical Acupuncture

Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture & Moxibustion

Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients