Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago — but
does scientific evidence confirm its effectiveness?
|Dr. Bruce Rosen will give an Apr. 26 NCCAM
lecture on acupuncture.
Learn about acupuncture's effects on the mind and body from Dr.
Bruce Rosen, the next speaker for the Distinguished Lectures in
the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, hosted by
the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
The lecture, "Neurobiological Correlates of Acupuncture: Modern
Science Explores Ancient Practice," will take place on Wednesday,
Apr. 26 at 11 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.
Rosen is professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and
director of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts
General Hospital. His research focuses on the development and use
of brain-imaging techniques to solve biological and clinical problems.
The techniques that he and his colleagues have developed in functional
imaging are being used by hospitals throughout the world to evaluate
patients with stroke, brain tumors, dementia and mental illnesses.
Rosen acknowledges that the popularity of acupuncture in the West
is growing, but in order for this healing art to be integrated
into mainstream medicine, it must be examined within the evidence-based
framework of the scientific method. Scientific exploration into
the basic mechanisms underlying acupuncture has been relatively
recent, and while much has been revealed, much is still unknown.
Brain imaging techniques have helped to clarify acupuncture's effects
on the human mind and body. Among the insights gained from new
imaging modalities are how acupuncture has an impact on localized
activity and chemistry in the brain as well as pain relief. Rosen
will discuss how his research seeks to clarify the neurobiology
of acupuncture and to extend our ability to integrate this ancient
healing technique into evidence- based medicine.
All are welcome to attend the lecture. It will also be videocast
For reasonable accommodation, contact Karen Davison at (301) 348-1606,
or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339. For lecture information,