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Selected publications
  • Kim, Tae-Hun; Lee, Myeong Soo; Alræk, Terje; Birch, Stephen. 2019. Acupuncture in sham device controlled trials may not be as effective as acupuncture in the real world: a preliminary network meta-analysis of studies of acupuncture for hot flashes in menopausal women. Acupuncture in Medicine. 1-8. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2018-011671
  • Zhang, Xuan; Tian, Ran; Zhao, Chen; Birch, Stephen; Lee, Ju Ah; Alræk, Terje; Bovey, Mark; Zaslawski, Christopher; Robinson, Nicola; Kim, Tae-Hun; Lee, Myeong Soo; Bian, Zhao-Xiang. 2019. The use of pattern differentiation in WHO-registered traditional Chinese medicine trials ? A systematic review. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 30:100945: 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.eujim.2019.100945
Academic article
  • 2020. Overview on pattern identification - History, nature and strategies for treating patients: A narrative review. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 1-8.
  • 2019. How do acupuncture practitioners use pattern identification - An international web-based survey? European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 1-9.
  • 2019. Acupuncture in sham device controlled trials may not be as effective as acupuncture in the real world: a preliminary network meta-analysis of studies of acupuncture for hot flashes in menopausal women. Acupuncture in Medicine. 1-8.
  • 2018. Complementary and alternative medicine for treatment of atopic eczema in children under 14 years old: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 1-15.
  • 2017. Ginseng for erectile dysfunction. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
  • 2016. What circumstances lead to non-disclosure of cancer-related information in China? A qualitative study. Supportive Care in Cancer. 811-816.
  • 2016. Use of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with health complaints attributed to former dental amalgam fillings. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 8 pages.
  • 2016. Standardization and future directions in pattern identification research: International brainstorming session. Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine. 714-720.
  • 2016. Health complaints attributed to dental amalgam: a retrospective survey exploring perceived health changes related to amalgam Removal. Open Dentistry Journal. 739-751.
  • 2016. Current research and future directions in pattern identification: Results of an international symposium. Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine.
  • 2016. Challenges for clinical practice guidelines in traditional medicines: The example of acupuncture. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 332-336.
  • 2016. Acupuncture points used in the prophylaxis against recurrent uncomplicated cystitis, patterns identified and their possible relationship to physiological measurements. Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine. 510-517.
  • 2016. A pilot study on the use of acupuncture or pelvic floor muscle training for mixed urinary incontinence. Acupuncture in Medicine. 7-13.
  • 2015. Risk in homeopathy: Classification of adverse events and homeopathic aggravations - A cross sectional study among Norwegian homeopath patients. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 535-543.
  • 2015. Extraction of clinical indicators that are associated with the heat/nonheat and excess/deficiency patterns in pattern identifications for stroke. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM). 7 pages.
  • 2014. Traditional Chinese medicine for chronic fatigue syndrome: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 826-833.
  • 2014. Interobserver reliability of four diagnostic methods using traditional Korean medicine for stroke patients. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM). 8 pages.
  • 2014. Conceptualization and utilization of blood stasis syndrome among doctors of Korean medicine: Results of a web-based survey. American journal of translational research. 857-868.
  • 2013. Acupuncture adverse events in China: a glimpse of historical and contextual aspects. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 845-850.
  • 2012. The Red flag! risk assessment among medical homeopaths in Norway: a qualitative study. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 10 pages.
  • 2012. Is It Possible to Distinguish Homeopathic Aggravation from Adverse Effects? A Qualitative Study. Forschende Komplementärmedizin. 13-19.
  • 2011. Selecting Acupuncture Treatment for Hot Flashes: A Delphi Consensus Compared with a Clinical Trial. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 33-38.
  • 2011. Perioperative acupuncture and postoperative acupressure can prevent postoperative vomiting following paediatric tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Acupuncture in Medicine. 9-15.
  • 2011. Complementary and alternative medicine for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: A systematic review. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 11 pages.
  • 2010. The Acupuncture on Hot Flashes Among Menopausal Women study: observational follow-up results at 6 and 12 months. Menopause. 262-268.
  • 2010. Perioperative acupuncture and postoperative acupressure can prevent postoperative vomiting following paediatric tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Acupuncture in Medicine.
  • 2009. The acupuncture treatment for postmenopausal hot flushes (Acuflash) study: traditional Chinese medicine diagnoses and acupuncture points used, and their relation to the treatment response. Acupuncture in Medicine. 101-108.
  • 2009. The Acupuncture on Hot Flushes Among Menopausal Women (ACUFLASH) study, a randomized controlled trial. Menopause. 484-493.
  • 2009. Acupuncture for Menopausal Hot Flashes: A Qualitative Study About Patient Experiences. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 153-158.
  • 2007. The effect of TCM acupuncture on hot flushes among menopausal women (ACUFLASH) Study: A study protocol of an ongoing multi-centre randomised controlled clinical trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
  • 2003. The effect of prophylactic acupuncture treatment in women with recurrent cystitis:Kidney patients fare better. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 651-658.
  • 2002. Acupuncture treatment in the prevention of uncomplicated recurrent lower urinary tract infections in adult women. American Journal of Public Health. 1609-1611.
  • 2002. "An empty and happy feeling in the bladder ...": health changes experienced by women after acupuncture treatment for recurrent cystitis. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 219-223.
  • 2001. "An empty and happy feeling in the bladder...": health changes experienced by women after acupuncture treatment for recurrent cystitis. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 219-223.
  • 2000. Traditional Chinese Medicine syndromes in women with frequently recurring cystitis. Frequencies of syndromes and symptoms. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 260-265.
  • 2000. Kunnskapsbasert alternativ medisin. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 2585 pages.
  • 1998. Kan akupunktur forebygge blærekatarr hos kvinner? ?. 1370-1372.
  • 1998. Kan akupunktur forebygge blærekatarr hos kvinner? Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 1370-1372.
  • 1998. Acupuncture in the prophylaxis of recurrent lower urinary tract infection in adult women. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care. 37-39.
  • 1998. Acupuncture in the prophylaxis of recurrent lower urinary tract infection in adult women. ?. 37-39.
Popular scientific lecture
  • 2011. Et forskningsprosjekt om homeopati og sikkerhet.
  • 1998. Residiverende ukomplisert cystitt hos voksne kvinner. Evaluering av akupunkturdiagnoser og mulige patogenetiske mekanismer ut fra medisinske og akupunkturbaserte systemer.
  • 1998. Møte mellom kinesisk og vestlig medisin - erfaringer fra et forskningsprosjekt.
  • 1998. Acupuncture in the prophylaxis of recurrent lower urinary tract infection in adult women.
Academic lecture
  • 2016. Safety of treatment provided by homeopaths.
  • 2012. The Red Flag!
  • 2011. Adverse effects and Homeopathic Aggravations - A Summary of Evidence.
  • 2008. TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ACUPUNCTURE IMPROVES HEALTH RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE IN POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN: THE ACUFLASH STUDY,A PRAGMATIC RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED CLINICAL TRIAL.
  • 2002. The effect of prophylactic acupuncture treatment in women with recurrent cystitis; kidney-patients fare better.
  • 2002. Methodological challenges in Acupuncture research.
  • 2002. Akupunktur i forebyggelsen av hyppig cystitt hos voksne kvinner.
  • 2001. Acupuncture treatment in the prevention of uncomplicated recurrent cystitis in women.
  • 2000. Subjective experiences following acupuncture treatment - expected or not?
  • 2000. Subjective experiences following acupuncture treatment - expected or not?
  • 2000. Acupuncture prophylaxis in recurrent cystitis.
  • 2000. Acupuncture prophylaxis in recurrent cystitis.
  • 1998. Acupuncture prophylaxis in recurrent cystitis.
Editorial
  • 2017. Acupuncture for the management of menopausal and perimenopausal symptoms: Current clinical evidence and perspectives for future research. Maturitas. 82-83.
Reader opinion piece
  • 2017. Virker akupunktur? Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 1764-1766.
  • 2014. Just to be sure. (Comment on article by Hasegawa et al.). Acupuncture in Medicine.
  • 2008. Letter to the Editor. Maturitas. 257-257.
Short communication
  • 2018. Acupuncture for frostbite sequel - A case report. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 102-106.
Academic monograph
  • 2015. IMCR-studien - et helseprogram med egeninnsats Håndbok for gruppeledere.
Popular scientific article
  • 1999. Akupunktur og kroppsforståelse. Omsorg. 28-30.
Feature article
  • 2014. Traditional East Asian medicine: how to understand and approach diagnostic findings and patterns in a modern scientific framework? Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine. 336-340.
  • 2009. Virker akupunktur? Nordlys.
Letter to the editor
  • 2016. Acupuncture effects under anaesthesia and questions about placebo. Acupuncture in Medicine. 155-156.
  • 2014. Acupuncture for military personnel health and performance. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 417-418.
Doctoral dissertation
  • 2004. Acupuncture in the prevention of recurrent uncomplicated lower urinary tract infection in adult women.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • 2002. Acupuncture and myofascial pain: move it all over again. 4 pages.
Abstract
  • 2014. Risk in Homeopathy:Classification of Adverse Effects and Homeopathic Aggravations-A Cross Sectional Study Among Norwegian Homeopath Patients. European Journal of Integrative Medicine.
  • 2012. The Red Flag! Risk assessment among medical homeopaths in Norway. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 94-94.
Poster
  • 2019. Beneficial Effect and safety of homeopathic therapy for upper respiratory tract infection in children: a systematic review.
  • 2017. Systematic review of adverse effects in homeopathy.
  • 2017. Acupuncture for frostbite sequel – a case report.
  • 2017. Acupuncture for frostbite sequel – a case report.
  • 2016. Use of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with health complaints attributed to former dental amalgam fillings.
  • 2014. Risk in homeopathy - A Survey among Norwegian Homeopath Patients.
  • 2014. Risk in Homeopathy - A survey among Norwegian Homeopath Patients.
  • 2013. Health complaints attributed to long-term after-effects of dental amalgam fillings after amalgam removal – a survey in Norway.
  • 2012. Adverse Effect of Homeopathy - What do we know? A Systematic Review.
  • 2011. Is it possible to distinguish initial homeopathic aggravations from adverse effects?
  • 2000. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in diagnosing frequent recurring cystitis in adult women.
  • 2000. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in diagnosing frequent recurring cystitis in adult women.
  • 2000. Traditional Chinese Medicine syndromes in women with frequently recurring cystitis. Frequencies of syndromes and symptoms.
  • 2000. Traditional Chinese Medicine syndromes in women with frequently recurring cystitis. Frequencies of syndromes and symptoms.
Academic literature review
  • 2019. The use of pattern differentiation in WHO-registered traditional Chinese medicine trials ? A systematic review. 1-10.
  • 2018. Overview of treatment guidelines and clinical practical guidelines that recommend the use of acupuncture: A bibliometric analysis. 752-769.
  • 2017. The U.K. NICE 2014 guidelines for osteoarthritis of the knee: lessons learned in a narrative review addressing inadvertent limitations and bias. 242-246.
  • 2016. Adverse effects of homeopathy, what do we know? A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. 146-163.
  • 2015. Acupuncture in ambulatory anesthesia: a review.
  • 2014. Reducing the risk of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM):Challenges and priorities. 404-408.
  • 2014. Designing clinical studies that take into account traditional East Asian medicine's systems and methods - with focus on pattern identification. 332-335.
  • 2011. Acupuncture treatment for depression - A systematic review and meta-analysis. 259-270.
  • 2006. Chinese red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus) for primary hyperlipidemia: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Article in business/trade/industry journal
  • 2018. Forskning på alternativ behandling - Fra et minefelt til et spennende og utfordrende forskningsfelt. Naturterapeuten. Tidsskrift for naturmedisin. 58-61.
Chapter
  • 2016. Placebo-Controlled Trials in Acupuncture: Problems and Solutions. 55-64. In:
    • 2016. Evidence-based Research Methods for Chinese Medicine. Springer.

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