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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.

Moxibustion is better than acupuncture for improving symptoms in chronic fatigue syndrome patients ...

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Individualised acupuncture treatment is efficacious for pain relief and improving quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia, compared with placebo treatment ...

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A Cochrane Database systematic review has summarised the current evidence for the use of acupuncture in the treatment of fibromyalgia.

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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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A Canadian team has found that an eight-week yoga intervention is associated with improvements in pain, psychological functioning and cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia (FM).

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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 randomised controlled trial carried out in the USA has evaluated the effectiveness of a six-week tai chi course in reducing symptoms, increasing function and improving psychosocial status in arthritis patients. In the largest study to date carried

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A systematic review of TCM therapies for treatment of fibromyalgia has concluded that they appear to be effective. The authors looked at twenty-five RCTs (1516 participants) of which ten were eligible for meta-analysis. Acupuncture reduced pain score

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German authors have systematically reviewed the efficacy of acupuncture for fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Seven RCTs (385 patients) with a median treatment time of nine sessions were included. Strong evidence for reduction of pain was found immediatel

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Twenty-five patients suffering from orofacial pain (myofascial pain 15, temperomandibular joint synovitis 5, fibromyalgia 2, neuropathic pain 2, trigeminal neuralgia 1) were assessed for pain before and after treatment by acupuncture). All patients w

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Fibromyalgia is a chronic painful musculoskeletal syndrome of unknown aetiology, characterised by generalised pains in the connective tissues of the body and specific area of knotted muscle fibre - called “trigger points” – which are especia

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Fibromyalgia patients treated with six sessions of acupuncture experienced significant symptomatic improvement compared to a group given sham acupuncture. 50 patients with moderate to severe, recalcitrant fibromyalgia, for whom other symptom-relief t

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Two studies have demonstrated benefit from acupuncture in the treatment of fibromyalgia. In the first, published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 21 patients completed the study. All received 16 treatments over eight weeks, alternatin

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