Evidence based research

Although traditional acupuncture has been studied, tested and refined for centuries in China, huge databases of research remain largely inaccessible outside the Far East and some western commentators question their credibility. But as recent research begins to provide quantifiable evidence of traditional acupuncture’s efficacy and cost-effectiveness, the body of evidence available internationally is growing rapidly.

BAcC Research Factsheets

These fact sheets are produced to provide accurate and unbiased general information for a variety of conditions. Organised in an A to Z format, they provide summaries of research and how acupuncture may be beneficial. You should always consult your GP if you have any concerns, or talk to Penny directly. Below is a small selection of the fact sheets on common conditions below. Click on the title to link to the relevant factsheet:


Back pain

Chronic fatigue syndrome



Eczema and Psoriasis

Female fertility


Frozen shoulder



Infertility ART


Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Male Infertility

Menopausal symptoms




Palliative Care

Parkinsons Disease

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Rheumatoid Arthritis




Thyroid Disease


Type 2 Diabetes






Recent academic journal publications

Academic papers can be located via the Nudge blog as they are published. Please click on the links below for detailed reporting of evidence-based research findings:


Osteoarthritic pain




The Acupuncture Research Resource Centre

The Acupuncture Research Resource Centre (ARRC) provides a specialist resource for acupuncture research. ARRC was set up by the BAcC in 1994 and is currently hosted by the Centre for Complementary Healthcare and Integrated Medicine (CCHIM) at Thames Valley University.

The BAcC established ARRC to:

  • improve the evidence base and demonstrate the value of traditional acupuncture
  • collect acupuncture research data from available sources
  • develop and apply research methods that are suited to investigating traditional acupuncture
  • increase awareness of the effectiveness of traditional acupuncture by providing good quality information to practitioners, other health service providers, journalists, researchers, government bodies and the public
  • liaise with other researchers and establish a network of research-active practitioners
  • produce review papers on the latest evidence-based clinical trials into the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of specific conditions
  • encourage and support BAcC members’ research projects
  • conduct the BAcC’s own research projects
  • organise an annual research symposium for healthcare professionals from all backgrounds