Extraordinary Meridians!

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

13-15 September 2019
De Vere Staverton Estate,
Northamptonshire

Claudia Citkovitz

Workshop title

Acupuncture treatment protocols: are they complete rubbish?

Workshop times

Sunday 10.00-11.00

Workshop description

In experimental research, investigators draw conclusions about the real world by building models of it. Much of what is ‘known’ about acupuncture by western medical science has been extrapolated from models of acupuncture treatment in which all patients receive the same point prescription. This seems like the grossest imaginable misrepresentation of clinical reality – until one considers recent research questioning our own assumption that acupuncture’s effects really depend on which points are needled. Another line of research suggests that cherished diagnostic tools such as pulse and tongue lack sufficient ‘interrater reliability’ to make them credible as meaningful patient assessments. And yet another suggests that the majority of changes with acupuncture treatment are ascribable to ‘meaning effects’. In this epistemological morass, what arguments can be made for studying acupuncture at all, let alone how we should diagnose and treat? This session will summarise and contextualise the arguments above, while providing both a proposed answer to the final question and also time for some debate.

Speaker biography

Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, MS, LAc., has led the Acupuncture Service at NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn since 2004, supervising 8 acupuncturists who provide inpatient care and clinical instruction in Labor and Delivery, Neurological and Orthopedic Rehabilitation and pain management. Dr. Citkovitz studied Chinese language in Beijing and acupuncture at the Pacific and Tri-State colleges in New York. An internationally known lecturer, she is an Adjunct Faculty member at the New England School of Acupuncture and teaches in other acupuncture doctoral and Master’s programs in the United States. Her PhD study on acupuncture during acute stroke rehabilitation was the first conducted in the U.S., as was her 2006 study of acupuncture during Labor and Delivery. Dr. Citkovitz is a frequent peer reviewer and Editorial Board member on journals including Acupuncture in Medicine, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Explore, and Meridians. She also serves as a Commissioner on the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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