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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 medicine (Xian Ling Gu Bao capsules) can increase bone mineral density, improve bone metabolism and prevent loss of bone mass in osteoporosis patients ...

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A Cochrane Database systematic review has concluded that current evidence supports acupuncture as a treatment for pelvic and back pain in pregnancy.

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Acupuncture is as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) for patients with dysmenorrhoea, Turkish researchers report.

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Non-invasive electro-acupuncture stimulation applied at Hegu L.I.-4 and Sanyinjiao SP-6 can significantly reduce the pain of dysmenorrhoea

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The UK's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published an opinion paper that supports the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) in the treatment of chronic pelvic pain (CPP) in women.

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American researchers have found preliminary evidence that acupuncture may be able to help relieve non-cyclic breast pain.

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UK researchers have carried out a pilot study to test the feasibility of a novel trial methodology enabling the investigation of individualised decoctions of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), while gathering preliminary data on their effects in patients with endometriosis.

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Researchers from Iran suggest that acupressure at Sanyinjiao SP-6 could be a cost-effective intervention for improving primary dysmenorrhoea.

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An Australian team has found that although acupuncture improved menstrual mood symptoms in women with primary dysmenorrhoea, the trend in the improvement of symptoms during the active phase of treatment and at six and twelve months was non-significant

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A supplement containing a mix of essential fatty acids has been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), by a Brazilian team.

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Austrian researchers have examined whether acupuncture is an effective additional pain treatment for endometriosis. In a cross-over design, 101 women were randomised into two groups, each receiving two units of 10 acupuncture treatments twice a week

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Authors of a Korean systematic review have found promising evidence for the use of acupuncture in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhoea. Twenty-seven RCTs (data from nearly 3000 women) were included in their analysis, which showed that, compared wit

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In a Japanese study, two herbal medicine prescriptions administered alternately within the menstrual cycle were found to have powerful antidysmenorrhoeic effects. The two prescriptions were Shakuyaku-kanzo-to (Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang/Peony & Licori

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A study of 101 women (aged 20 to 40), of whom 83 completed the trial, with laparoscopic-proofed endometriosis, randomised them to one of two groups. The first received specific acupuncture for the condition while the other were treated at non-specifi

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In a study which compared acupressure at Sanyinjiao SP-6 with simple resting for female technical college students in Taiwan suffering from dysmenorrhoea, the acupressure – whether in the form of treatment or self-treatment – was found to sign

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A pragmatic randomised study has evaluated the clinical and economic effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of women with dysmenorrhoea. 201 patients were allocated to receive either up to 15 acupuncture sessions over three months or no acu

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The evidence supporting the use of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) for primary dysmenorrhoea is promising, but better quality research on the subject is still required. These are the conclusions of a systematic review by Australian researchers, which i

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A US randomised, sham-controlled pilot study has assessed the use of Japanese-style acupuncture for reducing chronic pelvic pain and improving health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in adolescents with endometriosis. Eighteen young women (13-22 years

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