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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.

Chinese authors have concluded that electro-acupuncture is more effective than medication for improving the symptoms of functional constipation ...

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Electro-acupuncture at Zusanli ST-36 can affect oesophageal motility, report Brazilian investigators ...

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Acupuncture is an effective and safe treatment for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease according a systematic review by authors from the USA and China ...

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Patients with advanced gastric cancer experience a significant reduction in gastrointestinal symptoms induced by chemotherapy when treated with acupuncture ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can improve symptoms in patients with diabetic gastroparesis and can add benefit to pharmaceutical treatment in those with severe symptoms ...

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Researchers from Canada have found that both real and sham acupuncture improve symptoms in IBS patients ...

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Acupuncture can reduce crying in infants with colic, according to a Swedish study ...

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A study from China suggests that Jianpi Qingchang Decoction can be used to relieve symptoms in patients with ulcerative colitis ...

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Individualised acupuncture treatment can relieve the symptoms of functional dyspepsia, according to investigators from Korea ...

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Eight weeks of electro-acupuncture (EA) treatment can increase the frequency of bowel movements in people suffering from chronic constipation ...

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Chinese research suggests that Xiang Bin granules (XB) can effectively promote the recovery of gastrointestinal function after gynaecological surgery ...

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Taking a herbal decoction of Kuan-Sin-Yin (KSY) improves liver function and lipid metabolism in patients with chronic hepatitis C ...

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A Brazilian pilot study suggests that acupuncture can improve symptoms and quality of life in patients with faecal incontinence ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) is equivalent to drug treatment for reducing stool frequency in patients with diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) and functional diarrhoea (FD) ...

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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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Both electro-acupuncture (EA) and moxibustion (MOX) treatments can improve gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by reducing expression of important neuropeptides in the gut ...

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Acupuncture has been shown to lessen pain and reduce underlying inflammation in paediatric patients with acute appendicitis ...

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A Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) formula has been demonstrated by an Australian research team to reduce the symptoms of constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C) ...

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Acupuncture improves dyspeptic symptoms, mental status and quality of life in patients with functional dyspepsia (FD), Chinese investigators have found ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can effectively treat functional constipation (FC), Chinese researchers have concluded ...

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A study from China suggests that a combination of moxibustion and acupuncture can relieve inflammation and repair the damaged intestinal epithelial barrier in patients with Crohn's disease  ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) and moxibustion have a positive impact on both subjective symptoms and objective measurements (abnormal serotonin gene expression in tissue from the sigmoid colon) in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) ...

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Integrated treatment that combines traditional Chinese medicine with conventional medicines is better than conventional conventional medicine alone for treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) ...

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Two Australian authors have produced guidelines for acupuncturists using acupuncture as an adjunct treatment for anorexia nervosa (AN) ...

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One week of acupuncture treatment can reduce gastric retention and improve symptoms in patients with diabetic gastroparesis ...

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An experimental study had found that acupuncture at the ‘Four Gates’ (Siguan) can normalise accelerated gastrointestinal (GI) motility.

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Moxibustion can improve symptoms and quality of life and decrease rectal sensitivity in patients with diarrhoea from irritable bowel syndrome (D-IBS) ...

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A multicentre clinical trial carried out in China has shown that acupuncture has better sustained effects on functional constipation than the laxative lactulose ...

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The effect of acupuncture on the brain is different in functional dyspepsia (FD) patients compared with healthy subjects ...

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Research from China suggests that a combination of acupuncture and moxibustion can provide significant therapeutic benefits in patients with active Crohn’s disease (CD).

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A Chinese herbal formula had been found to be effective for functional constipation by a study carried out in Hong Kong. The formula Ma Zi Ren Wan (MZRW - composed of Huo Ma Ren [Fructus Cannabis], Da Huang [Rad

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A Chinese meta-analysis has concluded that acupuncture exhibits clinically and statistically significant control of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms.

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Acupuncture may be effective for improving dyspeptic symptoms caused by diabetic gastroparesis (DGP), according to a meta-analysis from China.

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Acupuncture and moxibustion demonstrate better efficacy than oral sulphasalazine (OS) in treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a Chinese meta-analysis has found.

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Adding acupuncture to conventional treatment is beneficial for patients suffering from functional dyspepsia (FD), according to a Brazilian research team.

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Randomised controlled trials of herbal therapy for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) show encouraging results, but studies remain limited and heterogenous. Authors from Hong Kong analysed 21 RCTs including a total of 1484 subje

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A study carried out in China has found that a herbal formula, Fuzheng Huayu Capsule (FZHYC) can reduce the risk of bleeding and improve survival rates in liver cirrhosis patients with oesophageal varices.

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An experimental study had found that acupuncture at the ‘Four Gates’ (Siguan) can normalise accelerated gastrointestinal (GI) motility.

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A Chinese herbal formula appears to offer symptomatic improvement in patients with functional dyspepsia (FD), according to a Chinese study.

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A Chinese study has used ultrasound scanning to show that acupuncture at Jianjing GB-21 can regulate the volume of the gall bladder in cholecystitis patients and improve their symptoms.

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Saturated milk fats in the modern Western diet could be responsible for gut problems such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colitis, according to American researchers.

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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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Korean hand acupuncture (KHA) has been shown to be effective in relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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Clinicians in Hong Kong have found that electro-acupuncture (EA) treatment reduces both the duration of post-operative ileus (POI - hypomotility of the gastrointestinal tract following surgery) and length of hospital stay following laparoscopi

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A large trial of acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has shown that the treatment has significant benefits.

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Researchers from Hong Kong suggest that electro-acupuncture can alter the activation of neural pathways for pain perception in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients

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A Chinese study has found that acupuncture treatment can significantly improve symptoms and quality of life for functional dyspepsia (FD) patients and that this correlates with specific changes in brain activity.

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A large trial of acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has shown that the treatment has significant benefits.

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Acupuncture appears to be an effective adjunct to conventional analgesia for patients recovering from haemorrhoidectomy.

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A meta-analysis of the results from RCTs of acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has found no benefit of acupuncture on IBS symptom severity or IBS-related quality of life compared to sham acupuncture controls.

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A Chinese herbal formula developed from a combination of two traditional Chinese herbal formulations - Tong Xie Yao Fang and Zhong Man Fen Xiao Wan - has been shown to have potent anti-inflammatory activities in immune cells in vitro as well as in the inflamed colon in vivo.

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A large randomised controlled trial carried out in China has found acupuncture to be an effective treatment for functional dyspepsia.

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A Chinese herbal medicine containing Ku Shen (Radix Sophorae flavescentis) has been shown to be as effective as the anti-inflammatory drug mesalamine for treating ulcerative colitis (UC).

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A UK study has shown that vegetarians are a third less likely to suffer from diverticular disease than meat eaters.

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A Chinese herbal medicine containing Ku Shen (Radix Sophorae flavescentis) has been shown to be as effective as the anti-inflammatory drug mesalamine for treating ulcerative colitis (UC).

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Combining acupuncture and the relaxation response has synergistic beneficial effects on gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms in HIV patients who are using highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).

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Two Chinese herbal formulae have been found to have antacid effects in an artificial stomach model.

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A Hong Kong study has found that electroacupuncture can reduce the discomfort of rectal distension, suggesting that it may be useful during colonoscopy procedures.

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Hemp Seed Pill (HSP, [Ma Zi Ren Wan]) can improve the symptoms of patients suffering from functional constipation (FC). Researchers from Hong Kong carried out a rigorously designed two-part study to assess the efficacy of HSP in treating FC. In trial

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A German study has demonstrated that acupuncture is more effective than drug therapy for the treatment of delayed gastric emptying in critically ill patients who are being fed by nasogastric tube.

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Chinese researchers have shown that acupuncture can improve post-operative gastroparesis (PGS), a common complication of abdominal surgery, in which the motility of the stomach is either abnormal or absent. Sixty-three patients were randomised to eit

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Researchers in China have identified the active ingredients of ‘dragon's blood’, a resin derived from the herb Xue Jie (Draconis Sanguis), which are responsible for its beneficial effects on peptic ulcers and ability to stop bleeding. Twenty-two

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A US group has discovered two measurable biological parameters associated with the placebo response to acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In a previous study by the same group, patients with IBS were randomised to either placebo treatmen

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A sizeable trial investigating the ability of acupuncture to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has found that both real and sham acupuncture resulted in significant symptom reduction.

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A small randomised, sham/placebo-controlled pilot study assessing the effect of individualised TCM acupuncture and moxibustion (AcuMoxa) treatment on symptom control of IBS patients found that it showed promise as a treatment.

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Italian researchers have carried out a pilot study to investigate the effect of acupuncture on faecal incontinence.

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If proton pump inhibitors fail to control the symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, current standard management is to double the drug dose, despite limited therapeutic gain.

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A systematic review has assessed the evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment in gastrointestinal diseases.

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In a prospective, randomised, controlled clinical trial, 29 patients with mild to moderately active ulcerative colitis were randomly assigned to receive either traditional acupuncture and moxibustion, or sham acupuncture consisting of superficial needling at non-acupuncture points.

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Inappropriate relaxation of the muscular lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) is associated with gastric reflux and heartburn.

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In a single blind controlled trial of 51 patients with mild to moderately active Crohn’s disease, 27 were randomly assigned to receive traditional acupuncture, and 24 to receive sham acupuncture at non-points.

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In order to determine whether acupuncture can reduce the discomfort and anxiety of colonoscopy, 30 patients were randomly assigned to receive acupuncture, sham acupuncture, or no acupuncture.

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A recent trial of traditional acupuncture for the treatment of Crohn’s disease carried out at the University of Nuremberg has shown it to be statistically more effective than sham acupuncture.

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Writing in the journal Medical Acupuncture, Martha Grout MD describes 2 cases of small bowel obstruction treated by acupuncture.

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