Chinese Medicine Research

Working with research institutions to find better treatments


Chinese Medicine RESEARCH

The establishment of evidence-based medicine (EBM) since the 1970s has increasingly encouraged healthcare professionals to supplement clinical knowledge with other forms of evidence when providing care to a patient.  Research and evidence continues to have a significant impact on our healthcare and informs the recommendations made by healthcare organisations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).   

A vast amount of evidence and research has been published to date relating to Chinese medicine and which we actively incorporate into our practice with every patient.  Most of this research has, however, been carried out in China and, although research is being increasingly conducted in the West, we believe more evidence is still needed which is relevant to both patients and healthcare professionals here in the UK.  

Good research however takes time and money.  That's why we're actively engaging with academic institutions to promote more relevant research, better quality research, and to improve accessibility to this evidence for patients, clinicians and healthcare professionals alike.  Our belief is that a more informed approach leads to better healthcare decisions.

In this section, we're pleased to share with you summaries of recommendations and preliminary research relating to a number of health concerns.  You can access our publications, as well as search for your own articles of interest using the links we've provided to Chinese medicine resources and journals, medical and health libraries and databases and other health resources.

If you have questions about other health problems, please get in touch and we'll do our best to answer your queries.   

Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Journals

The conversation around Traditional Chinese Medicine, complementary medicine and conventional medicine has never been more vibrant.  

Research papers are continuously being published online and are an important resource for patients and practitioners.  We believe that evidence based research forms the foundation of excellent clinical practice and progressive public health.

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Keep yourself informed about the latest global research into Traditional Chinese Medicine.  These resources provide useful abstracts and publicly available papers in research journals.   


Provides online articles concerning Chinese medicine treatment for certain disorders, Chinese herbal medicine and herbal safety, acupuncture and moxibustion as well as Tibetan, Ayurveda and other Asian medicine systems since 1995.

Publishes clinical trials and case studies written by physicians, detailing Traditional Chinese medical theory as well as Western scientific analyses; abstracts and full articles from each volume since 1998 available.

  • Herb Research Foundation

    Provides science-based information concerning the health and safety of Chinese and Western herbs; publications by order only, no abstracts available.

  • Journal of Chinese Medicine

    Publishes case reports, clinical studies and experiential articles concerning acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine; sample articles from each issue since 1993 and abstracts from the latest issue available.

  • European Journal of Oriental Medicine

    Publishes articles concerning acupuncture within clinical practice as well as current issues concerning education, philosophy and medical anthropology; abstracts since 1992 available only.

  • Acubriefs

    Comprehensive searchable database of references on acupuncture.

  • Foundation for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Provides annual reports since 2002 summarising outcomes of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine research projects and clinical trials conducted within the UK .

  • Research Council for Complementary Medicine

    Provides general reports on clinical efficacy of complementary medicines and articles since 1999 on current issues surrounding traditional medicines.

  • Acupuncture in Medicine

    Provides professional reports on clinical trials, patient reports and pilot studies on acupuncture in the management of various conditions; sample articles from each issue and abstracts from all issues since November 1995 available.

  • Chinese Medicine Times

    Ejournal for practitioners and students covering all aspects of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.


Medical Information Resources

We believe in connecting communities to health resources and materials. Knowledge and transparency empowers patients, health practitioners and researchers.  

Below you will find useful links to online resources including national health bodies, research journals and respected clinics that we feel are great places to start learning about medical research and Traditional Chinese Medical theory. 

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General Medical

National Health Service (UK)

Provides objective and trustworthy information and guidance on all aspects of health and healthcare.


Brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.

The Mayo Clinic

Offers health information to help users assess symptoms, understand their diagnosis and manage their health.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The main federal agency in the US for conducting and supporting medical research.


Provides an online searchable database for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals.


New and updated articles and research about Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.


Provides a comprehensive source of information on Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

TCM Basics

Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine theories, diagnosis and herbal prescriptions.

Shen-Nong Limited

Detailed articles on the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine; also provides insightful comparisons between Western and Chinese Medicine viewpoints of various illnesses and diseases under 'Health Topics'.