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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.

Please note that the most twenty recent research archive items are free to view but access to the thousands of items in the archive require a journal subscription.

A Chinese herbal formula has been shown to reduce serum uric acid levels and prevent recurrence of acute gouty arthritis ...

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UK researchers examining economic data on 12 non-pharmacological interventions for osteoarthritis of the knee have found acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to be cost-effective ...

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American investigators have found that self-administered acupressure is superior to usual care for pain and physical function improvement in older people with knee osteoarthritis ...

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A meta-analysis from Chinese researchers suggests that acupuncture can improve pain and function in patients with chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis ...

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A systematic review from China suggests that acupuncture is an effective and safe therapy for patients suffering from arthritis due to gout ...

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Acupuncture has a better clinical effect on knee osteoarthritis than physiotherapy, which may be due to its ability to promote cartilage repair ...

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Tai chi can improve endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness in elderly women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) ...

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Six-weeks of treatment with moxibustion seems to improve physical and mental quality of life in patients with chronic knee osteoarthritis (KOA).

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The use of acupuncture to manage osteoarthritis is associated with a significant reduction in symptoms, concludes a Canadian meta-analysis ...

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Acupuncture is the most effective CAM for treating musculoskeletal conditions and one of only a few therapies that is supported by current medical evidence, according to a report commissioned by the charity Arthritis Researc

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A systematic review by Danish authors has found moderate evidence for short-term improvement of pain, physical function and stiffness in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee who practice tai chi...

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Applying auricular acupressure (AA) in the peri-operative period of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) can alleviate post-operative pain, decrease opioid consumption and promote early rehabilitation, say Chinese clinicians.

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Acupuncture should be considered to be one of the most effective treatments for short-term alleviation of knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA), according to a network meta-analysis of randomised controlled studies by UK authors.

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Acupuncture is the most effective complementary therapy for treating osteoarthritis, and also scores highly for other chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions, according to a report by the charity Arthritis Research UK. The report summarises current e

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A pilot study suggests that practicing tai chi can help people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis both mentally and physically. A pragmatic non-randomised before/after study compared the effects of two interventions on 21 RA patie

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British researchers have found that acupuncture offers an acceptable, low-cost alternative to knee replacement for sufferers of osteoarthritis (OA).

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A three-armed RCT carried out by Greek investigators has shown that a combination of acupuncture plus non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is significantly more effective for chronic pain due to knee osteoarthritis (OA) than either sham acupuncture plus NSAIDs or NSAIDs alone.

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TCM patterns of Cold and Heat in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients can be correlated with specific patterns of gene expression, according to a Chinese group.

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Chinese scientists have found that acupuncture can lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the blood and synovial fluid of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients.

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Depth of needle penetration is important for relief of exercise-induced muscular pain, according to a Japanese acupuncture study carried out on twenty-two healthy volunteers.

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An overview of systematic reviews of acupuncture for rheumatic conditions has found relatively clear evidence to suggest that it is effective for osteoarthritis (OA), low back pain and lateral elbow pain, but ineffective for fibromyalgia and rheumato

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A Norwegian study has used both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine how group tai chi exercise impacted on disease activity, physical function, health status and experience in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Fifteen patients were inst

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Korean researchers have shown that tai chi was able to improve bone density and muscle strength and decrease fear of falling, when practised by older women suffering from osteoarthritis. Eighty-two women were randomly assigned to either a TC group or

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The latest systematic review to assess the effects of acupuncture for treating peripheral joint osteoarthritis (OA) has concluded that although there is evidence of benefit, it is probably not clinically relevant and may be partially due to placebo e

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South Korean research has shown that (Sun-style) tai chi is effective in alleviating several symptoms of osteoarthritis.

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It is estimated that the majority of the over-50

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44 patents with advanced osteoarthritis of the knee who were awaiting total knee joint replacements were given acupuncture either on the most affected knee only, or on both knees.

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60 patients on a waiting list for total knee replacement were randomly divided into two groups. 30 received

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A root extract of Lei Gong Teng (Tripterygium Wilfordii Hook) has been shown to safely and effectively reduce pain and inflammation in a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of a small group of people with treatment-resistant rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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30 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee were randomised to one of three groups: 1. acupuncture alone at Hegu L.I.-4, Xuehai SP-10, Xiyan (MN-LE-16), Yinlingquan SP-9, Yanglingquan GB-34, Zusanli ST-36, Taichong LIV-3, Weizhong BL-40 and Chengshan

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This very large German study compared the effects of fifteen acupuncture treatments over three months with no acupuncture in the treatment of chronic neck pain (longer than six months).

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In a separate Spanish study of the potential benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis, 97 patients were randomly assigned to receive either acupuncture plus diclofenac, or placebo acupuncture plus diclofenac.

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The longest and largest randomised, controlled phase III clinical trial of acupuncture ever conducted has found that acupuncture can significantly improve the symptoms of arthritis of the knee.

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In a study of the treatment of chronic arthritis of the knee, 150 patients were assigned to receive

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Another German trial has shown a significant benefit for acupuncture treatment (in this case in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee), yet with no significant difference between true and sham acupuncture.

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A small study has demonstrated that acupuncture, and particularly electro-acupuncture, appears to be effective in reducing joint pain, stiffness and swelling in rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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A large German trial has found that acupuncture is of significant benefit in controlling the pain of osteoarthritis of the hip and knee.

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Analysis of the results of a large German randomised, controlled trial (RCT) has led to the conclusion that acupuncture can be a cost-effective adjunctive treatment for chronic osteoarthritis pain.

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A review of recent research into acupuncture treatment for osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee explores whether any aspects of treatment are more likely to be associated with good outcomes.

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A meta-analysis by American researchers has evaluated the effects of acupuncture in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA).

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A review, carried out by American researchers, of ten randomised, controlled trials (1456 participants) of acupuncture for osteoarthritis of the knee have concluded that it is an effective treatment for the pain and physical dysfunction caused by the condition.

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A blinded randomised trial of acupuncture has compared the effect of acupuncture with that of a non-penetrating sham in patients with osteoarthritic knee pain.

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Tai chi appears to be safe and may be beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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Acupuncture relieves symptoms, improves physical function and improves quality of life in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, but appears to have no or very limited anti-inflammatory effect.

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