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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 pilot prospective cohort study from China suggests that acupuncture may be a useful adjunctive treatment for reducing blood pressure (BP) in women with preeclampsia ...

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Tai chi (TC) has beneficial effects on blood pressure (BP) and levels of gaseous cellular signaling molecules in the blood of patients with essential hypertension (EH)...

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American authors who have spent the last two decades investigating the neural mechanisms underlying the ability of acupuncture to regulate blood pressure have summarised their work in a review paper.

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Patients with high blood pressure who are taking anti-hypertensive medication may benefit from adjunctive acupuncture treatment, according to a small study carried out in Turkey. Investigators studied 34 patients who had been on anti-hypertens

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A multi-centre clinical trial conducted in China has found that a Chinese herbal formula may have therapeutic value in patients with both hypertension and metabolic syndrome, comparing favourably with the anti-hypertension drug irbesartan.

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) has an effect equal to noradrenaline in reducing hypotension during anesthesia in patients undergoing liver transplantation, according to an Iranian research team.

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The findings of a Chinese study suggest that qigong exercise may help improve blood pressure in elderly wheelchair-bound adults.

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Adherence to the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke among middle-aged women. Researchers followed the food choices and health status of more than 88,000 American wo

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Coffee drinking seems to increase the risk of requiring antihypertensive drug treatment. Researchers determined daily coffee consumption via questionnaire in 24,710 Finnish subjects and observed them prospectively over 13 years. They concluded that c

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The popular belief that anger provokes a rush of blood to the head has been proved by new research. Experiments in an American lab showed that blood flow to the brain increased significantly in people experiencing mental stress. Fifty-eight volunteer

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Anger and stress in middle-aged men and women are associated with developing high blood pressure and coronary heart disease (CHD). Investigators analysed data from an American cohort study of 15,792 subjects aged 45-64 at enrolment. Participants were

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A Korean study has shown that acupuncture can improve endothelial dysfunction in patients with hypertension. The pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial randomly assigned 15 patients with essential hypertension to a sequence of four a

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Korean authors have carried out a systematic review of acupuncture for the treatment of essential hypertension. Twenty trials were included, of which only three were considered relatively rigorous. Acupuncture achieved significant effect modification

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A systematic review of the literature on the effect of tai chi exercise on blood pressure (BP) suggests that it may reduce BP and serve as a practical, non-pharmacological adjunct to conventional hypertension management. Of the 26 studies that met th

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The Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California has received a $2 million, five-year federal grant to continue studying how acupuncture can help treat cardiovascular illnesses such as heart disease, hypertension a

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The effects of acupuncture as an add-on to conventional antihypertensive management methods (medication and/or lifestyle modification) were investigated.

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A rigorous, randomised, single-blind, Western trial comparing acupuncture with sham needling suggests that acupuncture may decrease blood pressure in hypertensive patients by a similar amount to that achieved using pharmaceutical therapy.

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In a trial of 192 subjects with hypertension (between 140/90 and 179/109 mmHg), given up to twelve acupuncture treatments over six to eight weeks, no difference in effect was found between standardised (formula) acupuncture, individualised acupuncture and invasive sham acupuncture (needling non-points).

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A kampo (traditional Japanese herbal medicine) made from four herbs: Huang Lian (Coptidis Rhizoma), Huang Qin (Scutellariae Radix), Zhi Zi (Gardeniae Fructus) and Huang Bai (Cortex Phellodendri) was found to be significantly more effective than placebo in controlling hypertension symptoms in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

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