针灸疗法

像其他许多中医医术一样,数个世纪以来西方人一直对针灸抱有一种怀疑的观点。它看上去能起作用,但是是怎样起作用的呢?能给出一个科学的解释吗?

比如说,绝大多数中国的医生和病人一直都把针灸当作治疗中风的一种有效手段,用它来改善被遭到破坏的肌肉、语言和其他功能。一项调查显示66%的中国医生通常使用针灸来治疗中风所产生的病症,而63%受调查的医生认为它很有效。大约36%的中国医生认为针灸的作用机制还不太为人所知的原因可能在于其科学依据依然属于一种全新的概念。

不过,最近已经开始了对于针灸在这种治疗方面的效果系统的科学研究。几乎所有在中国进行的对于针灸作为治疗中风的手段的试验结果都是肯定的。但是最近在英国所做的另一项研究显示在几个国家所进行的关于针灸作为一种治疗由中风引起的破坏的手段的研究都同样显示它是很有效的。事实上, 英国的研究者们认为1995年前在中国、日本、香港和台湾所进行的所有试验其结果都是肯定的。

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