A Proposed Standard International Acupuncture Nomenclature: Report of a WHO Scientific Group
(1991; 36 pages)
Table of Contents
View the documentWHO Scientific Group on International Acupuncture Nomenclature
View the document1. Introduction
Close this folder2. Background
View the document2.1 Historical perspective
View the document2.2 Towards a standard nomenclature2
View the document2.3 Essential elements of a standard nomenclature4
View the document2.4 Nomenclature proposals to date5
View the document2.5 The importance of a common language
Open this folder and view contents3. Proposed standard international acupuncture nomenclature
Open this folder and view contents4. Recommendations for further action by WHO in the field of acupuncture
View the documentAcknowledgements
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2.5 The importance of a common language

WHO has no official policy on the use of acupuncture in national health care delivery systems and, in fact, the subject has not been debated by its governing bodies. The field has developed considerably in the last two decades, both in theory and practice, but the exact role that acupuncture can play in health care remains to be determined. Any decision to use acupuncture in a national health service is, of course, the prerogative of the Member State concerned.

Putting acupuncture on a firm scientific basis requires rigorous investigation of the claims made for its efficacy. Many institutions and modern medical colleges are carrying out useful investigations to this end. Some are looking into the physiology and mode of action of acupuncture treatment, others are studying its efficacy in certain pathological conditions. These workers need to exchange information with one another regularly so as to facilitate their clinical and basic research. Such international communication is possible only if a common language is used by all concerned.


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