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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.

UK researchers examining economic data on 12 non-pharmacological interventions for osteoarthritis of the knee have found acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to be cost-effective ...

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American investigators have found that self-administered acupressure is superior to usual care for pain and physical function improvement in older people with knee osteoarthritis ...

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A meta-analysis from Chinese researchers suggests that acupuncture can improve pain and function in patients with chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis ...

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Acupuncture has a better clinical effect on knee osteoarthritis than physiotherapy, which may be due to its ability to promote cartilage repair ...

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A study by investigators from the UK suggests that both group and individual acupuncture may be effective for treating the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis ...

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A research team from the American National Institutes of Health has concluded that tai chi produces beneficial effects similar to those of a standard course of physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis ...

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High-intensity electro-acupuncture (EA) is more effective than low-intensity EA at alleviating the clinical symptoms of knee osteoarthritis (KOA) patients ...

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Acupuncture combined with rehabilitation training can improve knee function parameters after arthroscopic meniscus repair, report Chinese authors ...

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Six-weeks of treatment with moxibustion seems to improve physical and mental quality of life in patients with chronic knee osteoarthritis (KOA).

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Acupuncture may be a useful adjunct to pharmacological pain management after total hip (THR) or total knee replacement (TKR) surgery ...

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Acupuncture can help control acute postoperative pain after total knee arthroplasty, according to Taiwanese investigators.

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A systematic review by Danish authors has found moderate evidence for short-term improvement of pain, physical function and stiffness in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee who practice tai chi...

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Applying auricular acupressure (AA) in the peri-operative period of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) can alleviate post-operative pain, decrease opioid consumption and promote early rehabilitation, say Chinese clinicians.

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Acupuncture should be considered to be one of the most effective treatments for short-term alleviation of knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA), according to a network meta-analysis of randomised controlled studies by UK authors.

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British researchers have found that acupuncture offers an acceptable, low-cost alternative to knee replacement for sufferers of osteoarthritis (OA).

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A three-armed RCT carried out by Greek investigators has shown that a combination of acupuncture plus non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is significantly more effective for chronic pain due to knee osteoarthritis (OA) than either sham acupuncture plus NSAIDs or NSAIDs alone.

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The way acupuncturists interact with patients has significant effects on pain reduction. In an American randomised controlled trial, acupuncturists were trained to interact in one of two communication styles that conveyed either 'high' or 'neutral

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Walking gait patterns in knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients are significantly improved after acupuncture, probably due to pain relief, according to Taiwanese researchers. Twenty patients with bilateral medial knee OA were randomly assigned either to a

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Patients who received acupressure at fifteen classical acupuncture points after knee arthroscopy suffered less postoperative pain than patients who received sham acupressure (light pressure at non-acupuncture points). For both groups pressure was app

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The authors of this study investigated the need for postoperative pain medication in 120 patients undergoing knee surgery. Participants randomly received true auricular acupuncture (Lung, Shenmen and Knee points) or a sham procedure (three non-acupun

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44 patents with advanced osteoarthritis of the knee who were awaiting total knee joint replacements were given acupuncture either on the most affected knee only, or on both knees. Points needled were Yinlingquan SP-9, Xuehai SP-10, Liangqiu ST-34, Zu

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60 patients on a waiting list for total knee replacement were randomly divided into two groups. 30 received “medical acupuncture” using one inch needles inserted “deeply” at Yinlingquan SP-9, Xuehai SP-10, Liangqiu ST 34, Zusanli ST-36 and He

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30 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee were randomised to one of three groups: 1. acupuncture alone at Hegu L.I.-4, Xuehai SP-10, Xiyan (MN-LE-16), Yinlingquan SP-9, Yanglingquan GB-34, Zusanli ST-36, Taichong LIV-3, Weizhong BL-40 and Chengshan

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In a separate Spanish study of the potential benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis, 97 patients were randomly assigned to receive either acupuncture plus diclofenac, or placebo acupuncture plus diclofenac. The true acupunctu

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The longest and largest randomised, controlled phase III clinical trial of acupuncture ever conducted has found that acupuncture can significantly improve the symptoms of arthritis of the knee. The study of 570 patients was carried out at the Univers

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In a study of the treatment of chronic arthritis of the knee, 150 patients were assigned to receive ‘true’ acupuncture, 76 to minimal acupuncture (superficial needling at non-acupuncture points) and 76 to a waiting list control.

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Another German trial has shown a significant benefit for acupuncture treatment (in this case in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee), yet with no significant difference between true and sham acupuncture. In this large trial of 1007 patients (

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A review of recent research into acupuncture treatment for osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee explores whether any aspects of treatment are more likely to be associated with good outcomes. Based on their evaluation of four recent randomised controlled t

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A meta-analysis by American researchers has evaluated the effects of acupuncture in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA). Biomedical databases were searched for randomised controlled trials (RCTs), longer than six weeks in duration, which compar

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A review, carried out by American researchers, of ten randomised, controlled trials (1456 participants) of acupuncture for osteoarthritis of the knee have concluded that it is an effective treatment for the pain and physical dysfunction caused by the

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A blinded randomised trial of acupuncture has compared the effect of acupuncture with that of a non-penetrating sham in patients with osteoarthritic knee pain. Sixty-eight acupuncture naïve patients with symptomatic and radiological evidence of o

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A meta-analysis has evaluated the effects of acupuncture on pain and function in patients with chronic knee pain. Combining data from five randomised controlled studies judged to have high validity (1334 patients), acupuncture was found to be superio

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An RCT carried out in Israel has assessed the efficacy of acupuncture in providing improved function and pain relief when used as an adjunctive therapy to standard care in elderly patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Fifty-five patients wer

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Research from a team in Pakistan has shown that improvement in subjective measures of pain in knee osteoarthritis after electro-acupuncture (EA) was correlated with changes in biomarkers associated with stress and pain. Forty patients aged 40 years a

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A large German trial has found that acupuncture is of significant benefit in controlling the pain of osteoarthritis of the hip and knee.

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