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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 investigators have found that acupuncture is associated with long-term reduction in migraine recurrence compared with sham or no treatment ...

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A Chinese herbal medicine, Zhengtian Capsule (ZTC), was found to be as good as the drug flunarizine for reducing the frequency of migraine attacks in a Chinese clinical study ...

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Auricular acupuncture (AA) may be useful in the treatment of paediatric migraines in the emergency department ...

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Both auricular acupuncture (AA) and traditional Chinese acupuncture (TCA) can improve headache-related quality of life in military service members with traumatic brain injury (TBI) ...

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A Cochrane systematic review suggests that a course of acupuncture consisting of at least six treatments can be a valuable option for people with frequent tension-type headache ...

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A meta-analysis of current clinical evidence from high quality trials suggests that verum acupuncture is superior to sham acupuncture for treating migraine ...

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Acupuncture treatment can increase functional connectivity in brain regions that show decreased connectivity in migraine without aura (MWoA) patients, report Chinese researchers ...

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Turkish investigators have found that acupuncture may help migraine patients by reducing levels of nitric oxide (NO) in their blood ...

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A high level of expectation after acupuncture treatment rather than at baseline is associated with better long-term outcome improvements in patients with migraine ...

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Acupuncture can be used to interrupt cluster headaches (CH), according to a case series from Italy. Four patients with CH were treated with acupuncture as a preventive treatment, either combined with the calcium channel blocking drug verapamil, or alone ...

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Turkish researchers have demonstrated a clinically relevant decrease in serum matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) activity in patients with migraine treated with acupuncture ...

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Chinese scientists have shown that needling active acupoints in migraine patients reduces pain and affects key disease-affected brain regions involving pain.

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The results of a prospective interventional study carried out by American researchers suggests that acupuncture has persistent beneficial effects on both the frequency and intensity of migraines.

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Acupuncture has been shown to outperform the drug valproic acid in reducing the pain intensity of migraine headaches, without any of the adverse effects associated with drug therapy.

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NICE (the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) has published new clinical guidelines on the treatment of headaches.

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Chinese researchers have found traditional acupuncture to be more effective for pain reduction in migraine sufferers than a control acupuncture treatment and have correlated this effect to differences in activity in pain-related brain regions.

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A Chinese group has found that acupuncture is significantly superior to sham for the treatment of acute migraines.

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Acupuncture and sham acupuncture appear equally effective in preventing migraines, according to a large clinical study published by an international research team, although real acupuncture may have longer-lasting effects.

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cupuncture compares favourably with the drug topiramate for reducing migraine frequency, according to Taiwanese investigators.

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A Chinese multi-centre trial has found that acupuncture is as good as the drug flunarizine at reducing pain and improving quality of life for migraineurs, and more effective than the drug at decreasing the number days on which patients experience migraine attacks.

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Another Italian study backs up the therapeutic specificity of auricular acupuncture points used in migraine treatment.

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A Chinese multi-centre trial has found that acupuncture is as good as the drug flunarizine at reducing pain and improving quality of life for migraineurs, and more effective than the drug at decreasing the number days on which patients experience migraine attacks.

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A study carried out in Austria has demonstrated the long-term benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of migraine. 26 patients were treated by local and distal body points, once weekly, for between 6 and 13 treatments. The majority showed reduced fr

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Women who opt for acupuncture instead of a drug to prevent migraines report feeling fewer initial symptoms, fewer attacks, and less side effects from the treatment, new study findings report. The study, carried out at the Woman's Headache Centre at t

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Acupuncture has demonstrated a clear long-term benefit for patients suffering from chronic headaches. 401 patients were randomly assigned to receive either individualised acupuncture treatment (12 treatments over 3 months), or normal care from their

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This German study compared the number of days of moderate headache experienced by two groups of chronic headache sufferers, one after 4 weeks of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture treatment at a Chinese medicine hospital in Kotzting, Germany, an

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Another large German study similarly compared the effects of randomly assigned acupuncture, self-elected acupuncture and non-acupuncture controls on chronic migraine and tension headache in a total of 15,056 patients. After three months of treatment

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Laser acupuncture has a distinct advantage over needle acupuncture in clinical trials since it is considerably easier to apply a placebo intervention. In a study of the use of laser acupuncture in the treatment of chronic tension-type headache, 50 pa

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A German trial compared ‘true’ acupuncture, sham acupuncture and no acupuncture in 270 female patients suffering from episodic or chronic tension-type headache. The acupuncture protocol, which was carried out at 28 different clinics, was devel

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Acupuncture (up to 15 sessions over 12 weeks) was compared with metoprolol (a standard migraine prophylaxis medication) for effectiveness and tolerability in 113 patients randomised to one of two groups. The number of days with migraine decreased by

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In a randomised, controlled trial, 74 patients with chronic daily headache were randomly assigned to receive either medical management alone (headache medication) or medical management plus acupuncture (10 treatments over six weeks). The patients rec

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A review of current studies on acupuncture and migraine concludes that a six-week course of acupuncture is not inferior to a six-month prophylactic drug treatment, but that specific TCM-based point selection, point stimulation and needling depth may

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Laser acupuncture can provide significant benefit in the treatment of children with headache. Researchers in Germany carried out a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of laser acupuncture in 43 children (mean age 12.3 years) with va

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Tension-type headache (TTH), improves after acupuncture, but the difference between real and sham treatment is not significant, a new German study has found. The randomised, controlled, multicentre, patient-and observer-blinded trial was carried out

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Italian researchers have conducted a trial on migraine sufferers that attempts to separate the specific effects of a true TCM acupuncture treatment from the effects of both standard sham acupuncture and a mock ‘acupuncture healing ritual’. One

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A positive response to acupuncture by migraine sufferers is associated with beneficial changes in the regulation of the autonomic nervous system. Thirty migraineurs were randomly allocated to two groups receiving either verum acupuncture (VA) or sham

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A German study has assessed the costs and cost-effectiveness of additional acupuncture treatment in patients with headache. The randomised controlled trial of 3182 patients measured quality of life, cost differences between treatment groups, and the

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A large German study has compared the effectiveness of acupuncture in addition to routine care in patients with primary headache, to routine care alone. In a randomised controlled trial plus non-randomised cohort study, patients with headache were al

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A systematic review has confirmed the benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of chronic headache. The study, carried out by US authors, included 31 studies in its meta-analysis. The majority of trials comparing verum (true) acupuncture with sham ac

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The addition of 12 additional trials (carried out since 2001) to the Cochrane Database Systematic Review of acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis increased the number of trials meeting the inclusion criteria to 22, involving a total of 4419 participan

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Chinese researchers have found acupuncture to be an effective treatment for acute migraine. In a multicentre randomised controlled trial, they compared verum acupuncture with two different types of sham acupuncture. 175 patients received one session

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