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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.

Moist Exposed Burn Ointment, a Chinese herbal product, is effective for improving healing  of pressure ulcers ...

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Information collected by two prominent acupuncture organisations has been analysed to produce an overview of acupuncturist workforce data for the the USA ...

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In stark contrast to the increasing medical acceptance of acupuncture and other complementary therapies in the United States, and their growing inclusion in medical guidelines for doctors who are treating pain conditions, the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recently dropped acupuncture from its recommendations for knee osteoarthritis and low back pain ...

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The latest issue of the Journal (number 114 June 2017) has now been published, packed full with our usual rich mix of clinical and theoretical articles ...

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A new landmark survey of 89,000 acupuncture patients being treated for musculoskeletal pain has found that 93 per cent report their acupuncturist was successful in treating their primary complaint ...

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The emotional stress that causes chest pains and breathlessness can occur in moments of joy as well as anger, grief and fear, a Swiss study suggests ...

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The tide in mainstream American healthcare delivery appears to be turning towards a more integrative model, with greater inclusion of therapies formerly considered ‘complementary and alternative’ ...

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“The criteria that NICE used to evaluate acupuncture for low back pain are not the same as those used for other physical therapies, and therefore the recommendations are founded on evidence-biased medicine rather than on evidence-based medicine.” Professor Hugh MacPherson of the University of York ...

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Research into acupuncture has rippled out to inform wider areas of biomedical research, practice and policy ...

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Positive verbal communication between clinician and patient can increase patients’ expectations regarding the effects of acupuncture treatment, Swedish researchers have found ...

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Brain connectivity, which is altered in patients with functional dyspepsia (FD), appears to become more like that of healthy controls following acupuncture treatment ...

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A study by Japanese investigators suggests that acupuncture changes the balance of activity in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of the brain toward left-dominant, resulting in anxiolytic relaxation effects ...

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Chinese clinicians treating patients following ischemic stroke have found evidence that cerebellar activation by deqi may be one of the mechanisms by which acupuncture exerts its beneficial effects ...

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For years now Edzard Ernst has been launching a relentless campaign against acupuncture and other forms of complementary medicine ...

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A small study carried out by scientists in Austria suggests that people receiving acupuncture may be able to sense ‘therapeutic qi’ originating from the acupuncturist in the absence of mechanical needle stimulation ...

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Acupuncture can accelerate recovery of consciousness after general anaesthetic, according to a study from Italy

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The journal Science has just published a three-part series, ‘The Art and Science of Traditional Medicine’, which presents a persuasive set of arguments for the integration of traditional Chinese medicine into modern medical practice ...

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Chinese researchers have discovered what they call the first ‘virological penicillin’, a molecule called MIR2911, which is found in the Chinese herb honeysuckle (Jin Yin Hua, Flos Lonicerae) ...

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Headache is the prestigious peer-reviewed journal of the American Headache Society. When they publish an article on headache and acupuncture, we would expect an informed, well-referenced piece. Read what Mel Hopper Koppelman has to say below and join us in wondering how Headache can demean itself by putting out such a load of lazy, biased rubbish.

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A response to a study debunking acupuncture for back pain ... 

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As tiger populations in the wild continue to dwindle towards extinction, it seems that attention is turning towards lion bones as replacements for the Chinese medicine trade.

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Taiwanese researchers have confirmed that the appearance of the tongue correctly reflects clinical outcomes in peptic ulcer disease (PUD)

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There was a flurry of paranoia last week after the UK's Daily Mail newspaper published an item on the 'hidden dangers of acupuncture'.

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A qualitative study from the UK has analysed how self-care advice is constructed in traditional acupuncture consultations.

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A Chinese herbal medicine used to treat heart disease has been licensed for sale in the Netherlands, making it the first Chinese medicine to receive marketing authorisation in a Western market since the European Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products came into effect in 2011

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Visit the journal's Facebook page to see details of some wonderful new research on the classical 13th century Chinese prescription Dangui Buxue Tang.

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Do the effects of acupuncture depend on the needling, the consultation or the practitioner? Researchers based in the UK have attempted to answer this question by quantifying the specific and non-specific effects of acupuncture on osteoarthritic (OA) pain.

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A US group has examined the prevalence of different TCM diagnoses in a sample of women with fibromyalgia

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At a time when reducing costs is a priority for all healthcare systems - an issue which is at the forefront of controversial National Health Service reforms in the UK - it is essential to consider different approaches to the treatment of difficult a

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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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A Chinese group has demonstrated that crude extracts from a number of Chinese herbs have in vitro activity against Candida species isolated from patients with HIV/AIDS. Herbal extracts with anti-Candida activity included Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Moutan), Tu

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In an Australian Government-funded study, Ried and Stuart of Adelaide University reviewed 8 RCT’s and 22 smaller studies involving a total of 1851 women with poor fertility. Meta-analysis of studies involving over 1000 women found roughly do

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A combination of the Chinese herbal formulae Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang (Ephedra, Apricot Kernel, Gypsum and Licorice Decoction) and Yin Qiao San (Honeysuckle and Forsythia Powder) can be used as an alternative to the drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to treat H1N1 influenza virus infection.

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A UK study has found that homeopathic consultations, but not homeopathic remedies, are associated with clinically relevant benefits for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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A cutting edge 'Quest for Personalised Health: Exploring the Emergent Interface of East Asian Medicines and Modern System Sciences' conference took place in London over the weekend, bringing together systems biologists, physicists, sinologists and Chinese medicine researchers and practitioners.

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Daily supplementation with ginger root (Gan Jiang [Zingiberis Rhizoma]) has been found to reduce exercise-induced pain by 25%.

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In February, the UK government’s Department of Health announced that herbalists, including practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine, will be regulated by the Health Professions Council (HPC) from April 2012

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The EU’s Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) has now come into force in the UK, amid dismay and confusion over its implications for manufacturers, retailers and consumers of herbal medicines

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This week a prime UK Sunday paper (The Sunday Times) carried a review for a book about the aging process (You’re Looking Very Well by Lewis Wolpert) ...

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Chinese pharmaceutical companies and research institutions have joined forces in a concerted effort to develop traditional Chinese medicines to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

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Edzard Ernst's latest paper on acupuncture continues his endeavours to demonstrate that acupuncture is both more harmful and less effective than is claimed.

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An earlier Drum Tower posting (06/09/2010) described some of the exciting research into the use of acupuncture for treating chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) in men - a refractory disorder for which acupuncture is showing signs of offering  ef

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Evidence being presented this weekend at the largest UK acupuncture research forum, the ARRC Symposium, will highlight the benefits of acupuncture to reduce the severity and frequency of hot flushes in postmenopausal women.

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At first glance, this appears to be the decision we have been hoping for. A written Ministerial Statement from the Department of Health issued today reads as follows: Practitioners of acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine:

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A single injury - let alone a fatality - caused by acupuncture is one too many, but we have to wonder why Dr. Edzard Ernst, Chair in Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter, keeps emphasising the risks of acupuncture.

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There are a number of health trends that are causing increasing concern - especially to policy makers and health funders in developed countries with a growing proportion of ageing people.

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This is a piece of EU legislation which could cause major problems for UK herbalists and their patients when it comes into force on 1st April 2011.

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Acupuncture – a treatment to die for? A review of Edzard Ernst's article in The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

 In his  editorial, Ernst says of acupuncture that, "serious complications, including deaths, have bee

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Some clever people can be really ... well, a bit dim. The Voice of Young Science organised a demonstration on September 8th at Whitehall in London to protest against proposals for a registration scheme for practitioners of traditional medicine (Ac

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Recent research into how acupuncture affects the brain has improved our understanding of the complex neural mechanisms involved in the procedure and may lead to wider acceptance of the treatment by mainstream medicine. Scientists from the UK’s Un

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Acupuncture repeatedly demonstrates beneficial effect in this difficult and intractable disorder.

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