Introduction

Introduction

    The International Master Program in Acupuncture under the guidance of College of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University was founded in 2008.  Opened to international western doctors, Chinese medicine doctors, and dentists, the program is conducting courses and researched toward the combination of traditional Chinese medical science and modern clinical science, aiming at the internalization of Chinese medical science.  Currently the efficacy of acupuncture has been world widely accepted and admitted by WHO, attracting a lot of international scientists devoting themselves into the study of acupuncture.  One development goal of this program is to improve the international understanding of the abstruse acupunctural concepts, making the foreigners more receptive to the alternative therapy and interactive with each other, with the aim of combination of modern scientific technology and enhancing interdisciplinary research.

    The College of Chinese Medicine has been devoted in Chinese medicine education for more than forty years, and is the best environment for cultivating international acupuncturists and related researchers.

Areas of Excellence

    We have focused our research interest majorly on 14 meridians and related acupoints. To do this, teachers have developed several topics from clinical setting to animal models. Now, we have several excellent achievements, which include researches on therapies and mechanisms of acupuncture on stroke patients; reconstruction of medical images to3D images to evaluate relationship between central nerve system diseases and acupuncture; establish new and original topics about curative therapy of acupuncture on itchiness and drug addiction; investigate on the analgesia effect of acupuncture in clinical patients and its cellular mechanisms using animal models. This institute is the first and a unique institute in Taiwan on acupuncture and moxibustion research, and is ranked as one of the outstanding meridian research groups in the field.

 

Advancing Achievement

    In the institute, students can learn about both traditional meridian-acupoint theories and current scientific researches either in clinic settings or on laboratory animals. Based on developed novel techniques and instruments we have earned many results to improve clinical therapy and to know more about basis of traditional Chinese medicine. In the institute, we have gained evidences that acupuncture actually does reduced stroke-induced neural deficit; reduces inflammatory and neuropathic pain; improve itch sensation and reduced cocaine-induced animal death, etc. Also with reconstruction of medical diagnostic images to 3D images several specific acupuncture functioning areas were located. With our previous works, several functioning areas and detail mechanisms about meridian-acupoint theories are recognized. By these works, we hope to understand acupuncture in a modern way and to polish its value.