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Research Archive

Welcome to our Chinese medicine and acupuncture research news pages. We add to the content of these pages continuously as more research news comes in. Browse through the complete archive below or use the category links on the right.

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A large randomised trial carried out in China has demonstrated a significant effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) on knee osteoarthritis (KOA) ...

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The publication of a new guideline for chronic pain treatment by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is a major advance for the recognition of acupuncture as a legitimate clinically effective treatment in the UK ...

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Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines (CHM) can serve as complementary therapies to alleviate menstrual and perimenopausal symptoms, and improve serum sex hormone levels in women with premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) ...

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Traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs) have multiple benefits for patients with osteoarthritis (OA), conclude the authors of a systematic review from China ...

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Yin Qiao San combined with western medicine can improve treatment response in pneumonia patients, report Chinese authors of a systematic review ...

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Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), used as an adjunctive treatment to standard care (SC), helps to improve treatment outcomes in COVID-19 cases ...

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The use of acupuncture in the management of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is safe and effective, according to Chinese researchers ...

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Chinese authors have found significant benefits for electro-acupuncture (EA) compared to sham EA for the treatment of chronic severe functional constipation (CSFC) ...

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The close relationship between brain areas representing the foot and genitalia may underlie the ability of acupuncture at points on the Liver channel ...

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American researchers have documented a clear and neuroanatomically relevant relationship between facial acupoints and the branches of the trigeminal nerve ...

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Chinese guidelines for discharged COVID-19 patients most frequently recommend moxibustion and acupressure as home-based nursing interventions ...

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Chinese authors who reviewed the mechanisms of action of moxibustion suggest that it may be able to alleviate COVID-19 symptoms ...

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Acupuncture can reduce medical expenditure in migraine patients according to a retrospective cohort study from Taiwan ...

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A large cohort study, carried out in a population of American military veterans, has found that Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) is an effective and safe intervention for decreasing short-term pain intensity ...

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Acupuncture treatment after intense exercise can alleviate delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and improve muscle recovery ...

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Acupuncture reduces migraine symptoms and improves quality of life, concludes a Chinese systematic review ...

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Acupuncture treatment duration should not be less than five weeks in order to achieve an adequate analgesic effect in chronic pain conditions ...

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Acupuncture appears more effective than pharmacotherapy or surgery for the management of trigeminal neuralgia, and is safer and cheaper to deliver than surgical or pharmacotherapeutic interventions ...

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The amygdala may be a key brain region linking two systems that combine to produce acupuncture’s antinociceptive effects in chronic low back pain (cLBP) ...

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Acupuncture in addition to usual care may improve post-surgical dry eye syndrome, Korean researchers report ...

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Acupuncture may be a useful therapeutic option for treating psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) resulting in a reduction in seizure frequency similar to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) treatment has a positive effect on the perceived severity of overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms following stroke ...

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Acupuncture is effective for myofascial pain reduction in patients with temporomandibular disorder (TMD), Brazilian investigators suggest ...

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Acupuncture outperforms conventional treatment for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), reports an Iranian research team ...

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American researchers conducted a randomised 12-week group acupuncture clinical trial for PDN which included semi-structured qualitative interviews about participants' experiences with PDN and the intervention ...

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Acupuncture can prevent the occurrence of damaging cerebral vasospasm following subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) ...

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Prenatal acupuncture can reduce depression, stress and distress, whilst also being well-tolerated and free from adverse events ...

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Improvements in pain and function due to acupuncture among individuals with knee osteoarthritis (KOA) may be partly mediated by changes in levels of inflammatory mediators ...

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The beneficial effect of acupuncture on menopause symptoms can last for at least 21 weeks post-treatment, according to a Danish research team ...

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Acupuncture can significantly improve sleep quality in pregnant women, possibly through increasing melatonin secretion ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) may improve phlegm-dampness syndrome and ovarian insulin resistance (IR) in infertile women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) ...

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Adding electro-acupuncture (EA) to usual care results in better clinical outcomes in the management of Bell’s palsy, Turkish clinicians report ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) may improve the sleep quality of patients with depression, conclude Chinese clinicians ...

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Electro-acupuncture plus warm needling therapy (EAWN) is an effective treatment for plantar heel pain (PHP) in middle-aged and older adults ...

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Manual acupuncture (MA) and electro-acupuncture (EA) can decrease heel pain and improve function in patients with plantar heel pain syndrome (PHPS) ...

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Acupuncture treatment may mitigate hot flushes and other symptoms during the menopausal transition, report Brazilian clinicians ...

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Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for perimenopausal depression, conclude the authors of a systematic review carried out in China ...

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A Cochrane Database systematic review has confirmed the benefits of acupuncture for women in labour ...

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Acupuncture studies that employ verum and sham locations on overlapping dermatomes create a negative picture of acupuncture's efficacy ...

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A network meta-analysis comparing non-hormonal treatments suggested that acupuncture was the most effective therapy at improving hot flushes in breast cancer survivors ...

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An overview of systematic reviews undertaken by Chinese authors have concluded that acupuncture may be an effective and safe therapy for migraine ...

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Acupuncture and moxibustion are more effective than drugs for treating primary dysmenorrhoea (PD) according to an overview of systematic reviews ...

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The majority of breast cancer survivors report a symptomatic benefit from acupuncture, American researchers have found ...

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A large study carried out in Korea suggests that acupuncture may be effective at reducing the incidence rate of shoulder surgery ...

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Acupuncture can regulate hormone levels and slow down the sexual development process of girls with peripheral precocious puberty (PPP) ...

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Acupuncture is beneficial for lowering intraocular pressure (IOP) in glaucoma patients, according to a Taiwanese research team ...

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Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) benefit from auricular therapy, Iranian researchers have found ...

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Auricular acupuncture can improve appetite and help patients with advanced cancer gain weight, according to research carried out in China ...

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Taiwanese researchers have found that acupuncture is safe and effective for relieving pain and disability in patients with non-acute sciatica ...

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American researchers have identified six genotypes that may predict response to acupuncture for hot flushes in breast cancer survivors ...

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A single session of acupuncture at Zusanli ST-36 is effective at reducing blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) ...

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Three sessions of acupuncture per week leads to better symptom improvement and quality of life among patients with postprandial distress syndrome (PDS) ...

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Both acupuncture and nutraceutical supplementation may be effective treatment options for patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) ...

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Acupuncture can result in clinically significant improvements in pain for symptoms of basal thumb joint arthritis, but it does not outperform sham treatment ...

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Three sessions of acupuncture before and after embryo transfer (ET) can significantly increase pregnancy rates in women with unexplained infertility ...

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Group acupuncture is as good as individual acupuncture for treating cancer pain and is superior for some health outcomes, report Canadian investigators ...

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American researchers have found that acupuncture can offer significant improvements over usual care for treating chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) ...

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Six months of acupuncture treatment is associated with an improvement in insulin sensitivity in both normal-weight and obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) ...

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Acupuncture appears to be an effective clinical treatment for whiplash-associated disorder (WAD) following a road traffic collision ...

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Electro-acupuncture trigeminal nerve stimulation plus body acupuncture (EA/TNS + BA) can help reduce the detrimental side-effects of chemotherapy ...

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Acupuncture can significantly improve insomnia, with lasting benefits on multiple sleep parameters, conclude Chinese researchers ...

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Acupuncture can improve pain and function in patients with lateral elbow tendinosis ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can effectively improve bowel function, mental state and quality of life in functional constipation (FC) patients ...

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Acupuncture is an effective method for the treatment of gastroparesis, conclude a group of Chinese investigators ...

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Acupuncture can improve reduced tactile acuity (TA) in patients suffering from chronic low back pain (cLBP) reports an American research team ...

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Acupuncture is a safe and effective adjuvant therapy that effectively improves exercise capacity in patients with stable COPD ...

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An eight-week course of acupuncture is effective for treating multiple physical and mental symptoms in patients with severe fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) ...

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Acupuncture is as good as physiotherapy for improving balance and posture in women with fibromyalgia, Spanish researchers have found ...

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Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for patients with chronic, severe tinnitus, according to Turkish investigators ...

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Acupuncture is an effective and safe treatment option for urinary retention, according to a pilot non-randomised study carried out in China ...

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Adding electro-acupuncture (EA) at Huatuojiaji M-BW-35 points improves the effect of a combined acupuncture/moxibustion treatment for relieving the symptoms of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) ...

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Twenty sessions of manual acupuncture is superior to both sham acupuncture and usual care for the prophylaxis of episodic migraine without aura, according to Chinese researchers ...

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Among cancer survivors with insomnia, both acupuncture and cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) produce significant improvements in cognitive function ...

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A combination of wrist-ankle acupuncture (WAA) and auricular acupuncture (AA) can quickly reduce pain symptoms and reduce analgesic drug use in patients with cancer pain ...

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Chinese researchers have found that acupuncture reduces symptoms of postprandial distress syndrome (PDS) compared with sham acupuncture ...

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Both individual and group acupuncture therapy delivered in primary care settings can reduce pain and improve physical function in people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions ...

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Comparative mapping shows that the distribution of acupuncture points on the human body is highly correlated with patterns of mast cell (MC) distribution ...

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Treatments valued at a higher price are associated with enhanced placebo analgesia, and this effect is correlated with activity in brain areas associated with expectation and reward processing ...

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A review by authors from the UK, New Zealand and China suggests that acupoint sensitisation is based on neurogenic inflammation, and that stimulation of sensitised acupoints results in better clinical effects ...

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Results of a network meta-analysis by Chinese authors demonstrate that acupuncture is one of several effective treatments for migraine symptoms ...

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Spanish systematic review authors have concluded that acupuncture shows benefit for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ...

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Acupuncture and moxibustion may be a promising adjunctive therapy to medication for treating heart failure, report Chinese authors of a systematic review ...

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A systematic review by Chinese authors has found that although acupuncture does not show superiority for treating IBS relative to sham controls ...

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Levels of inter-rater agreement on factors pertaining to TCM diagnosis in published studies are generally low to moderate, conclude the authors of a systematic review carried out in America ...

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Authors of a large systematic review carried out in China have concluded that sham acupuncture may not be appropriate as a control intervention ...

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Cochrane reviews of acupuncture for pain conditions are outdated, and do not reflect the current evidence base ...

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A study by Thai researchers has found that stroke patients see the most significant clinical improvement by their 16th acupuncture session ...

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Data collected from over 6000 births suggests that acupuncture normalises birth, leading to reductions in maternity service costs ...

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The positive effects of acupuncture on exertional dyspnoea in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are associated with improved oxygen utilisation during exercise ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can enhance oocyte maturation and fertilisation rates in women undergoing IVF, Indonesian researchers have found ...

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Swedish researchers carried out qualitative analysis on interviews from 25 patients who were undergoing treatment in an inpatient clinic programme ...

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A preliminary study by Chinese researchers suggests that acupuncture can improve tinnitus symptoms by modulating imbalance of the autonomic nervous system ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) is a potential treatment for improving bladder function in patients with chronic urinary retention ...

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Acupuncture leads to reductions in pain intensity, disability and salivary cortisol levels in people with chronic musculoskeletal pain ...

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Acupuncture can significantly relieve gastrocnemius muscle tone in children with spastic cerebral palsy ...

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Women with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) can experience significant improvements in neuropathic symptoms ...

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A study carried out in Indonesia suggests that electro-acupuncture (EA) can improve the growth of oocytes in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) ... 

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Acupuncture can be beneficial for exercise-induced muscle soreness, according to a trial carried out in Portugal ...

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Comparative mapping shows that the distribution of acupuncture points on the human body is highly correlated with patterns of mast cell (MC) distribution ...

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A review by authors from the UK, New Zealand and China suggests that acupoint sensitisation is based on neurogenic inflammation, and that stimulation of sensitised acupoints results in better clinical effects ...

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