Data Sources: A search through the electronic databases Medline, Meditext, Pubmed, OVID, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Library was performed for the period of 1900-2007 using the key words Traditional Chinese Medicine, meridian, five-element, five-phase, acupuncture, chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, and Neuro-Emotional Technique. The results were limited to works published in English appearing in peer-reviewed journals. A hand search was then performed within the reference list of articles retrieved.
Study Selection: Based on their relevance to the subject, 196 references were obtained.
Data Extraction and Synthesis: Only those historical principles and current research findings that pertain specifically to the TCM concepts used in AK and NET have been included.
Conclusions: Principles and philosophies from TCM are incorporated into the diagnostic and treatment protocols of the chiropractic techniques AK and NET. The scientific backing for this inclusion is still evolving and it is clear that further research is required to support the placement of TCM principles and practices within these chiropractic techniques. The welcoming of TCM principles into chiropractic practice may broaden the scope of the chiropractic profession and allow chiropractors to more faithfully adhere to the biopsychosocial model of health care..
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