If you have at least a weekly yoga practice and can come to 3 acupunture sessions, why not take part in this research. You can send a participation form in and see if they'll accept you.
Link to the study here.
I've never been fully convinced about acupuncture. Not that I don't believe in the pressure points. Well it's evident that some points on your body soothe you, like between your eyebrows. They soothe cats too! And it is feasible that the complex networks of nerves can join you up to points where you didnt think you'd be joined. But....how many years old is it? How on earth did people figure out reflexology back then? Trial and error? Where was their evidence? Statistical significance...maybe now after thousands of years but not on it's foundation.
Am I cynical to not believe in the wisdom of people without computers and tools. I know that there are many many people far far more talented than I who would have had the wisdom/capacity to come up with acupuncture- but I couldn't. I suppose it's a bit like evolution though- the strongest ideas stick and the ones that work survive? A bit like Buddhism, The Buddha was around when there were tonnes of competing philopsophies in India and wandering ascetics advising people who were desparate for guidance as they were thrown into new social structures in cities and industry. Buddhism stuck, (as did Jainism) maybe because it was right. It faded in popularity in India since though.... don't know what that does to my argument. However, maybe Acupuncture is the idea that stuck because it works. Maybe I'll get to try it myself!
Anyhow. The researchers in Oxford are trying to combat this lack of evidence and testing it. With yoga at least. I hope I get to do a class. The possiblity of opening my hips more without hours and hours of work is tempting!!
You're welcome to apply too. You don't need to be a yoga teacher, just you need a regular practice. If that's you and you're open to try it- apply on the link above.