Acupuncture

Akupunktur – Mythos oder Therapie?

Spitzenmedizin - Film

50 Min – Documentary – 2020
Director: Robert Cibis, Lilian Franck, Amy Meyer
Audio: Deutsch, English
Subtitles: Deutsch, English

Acupuncture, a Chinese traditional medicine technique, is being closely studied by researchers: is this practice effective, and can its use be developed in conventional medicine?

While medicine is becoming increasingly technologically advanced, more than a third of the world’s population has already used acupuncture, a practice derived from traditional Chinese medicine, which involves sticking needles into specific points on the body. Today, new studies allow us to better understand the mechanisms of this ancestral technique and aim to determine against which pathologies acupuncture is actually effective. At the Munich Heart Institute, this practice has already been adopted for heart surgery, in order to reduce the doses of certain anesthetics and sometimes completely eliminate the use of synthetic opioids, which can cause significant side effects. Research also has the ambition to expand the areas in which this technique is used. In Shanghai, ongoing trials aim to determine whether acupuncture can help combat depression. In South Korea, researchers are focusing on addictive behaviours: could needles help the millions of people suffering from addiction? The various studies carried out around the world now seem promising, showing surprising initial results.

OVALplus members have full access to all films

As a logged-in member, you will see the film here.

This content is for members only.

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?