John McDonald – Allergic Rhinitis, Recent research discoveries & Dry Needling – #1

by Jason Tutt on February 11, 2015 in Episodes, Oriental Acupuncture with No Comments


John McDonald is an Acupuncturist with a Masters of Acupuncture with Distinction and is currently a PhD candidate awaiting his results on his submitted thesis in Acupuncture and Allergic Rhinitis. A former psychiatric nurse, who transitioned into Acupuncture and became an influential figure in the Chinese medical world. Having spoken at dozens of conferences over the past 10 years including the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies and Australasian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Annual Conference. He has authored or co-authored 4 articles published in peer reviewed journals, including one recent article published in the British Medical Journal. He’s also authored or co-authored 12 articles in non-peer reviewed journals, has written six books, and is a lecturer at several universities in Australia.

Why you should listen – John McDonald comes on Needle Chat to be our first guest ever and discuss his transition from psychiatric nursing to acupuncture, how he got involved in acupuncture research, what he has discovered during his research on the subject of acupuncture and it’s interaction with the immune system as well as suggest better study designs for the future of acupuncture researcher. Finally, John talks about dry needling, his involvement in the Acupuncture Now Foundation and what he would like to see for the future of acupuncture as a field.


0m 0s – Introduction of John McDonald

1m 41s – Transition from Psychiatric Nurse to Acupuncturist

3m 22s – John’s PhD work on Acupuncture & Allergic Rhinitis

5m 19s – John’s transition into Acupuncture research

8m 18s – John’s discoveries on Acupuncture and Immunomodulation

13m 25s – Minimum dose effectiveness for allergic rhinitis based on the evidence

17m 12s – The problem of under dosing in research studies

19m 45s – Other problems in Acupuncture research and study designs

26m 05s – Treatment expectations before or after trials

28m 55s – Optimal study designs for the future of acupuncture research

40m 45s – Acupuncture done on animal models

43m 18s – Opinions on dry needling

54m 52s – John’s involvement in the AcupunctureNowFoundation

1h 2m 9s – What does John want to see for Acupuncture in the future?

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