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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.

Adding acupressure to conventional treatment can significantly reduce menopausal symptoms, report Iranian researchers ...

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Analysis of tears following adjunctive acupuncture for menopausal dry eye shows that the treatment increases tear protein synthesis and secretion, and improves clinical symptoms ...

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Chinese clinicians have found gua sha therapy to be effective for relieving perimenopausal symptoms ...

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Acupuncture is associated with a significant reduction in sleep disturbances in menopausal women, conclude the authors of a systematic review from Taiwan ...

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German clinicians have found acupuncture to be effective in producing sustained, clinically relevant pain relief in patients with osteoporosis ...

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The frequency of hot flushes, and other menopausal vasomotor symptoms (VMS), can be reduced by almost half for about 50 per cent of women with eight weeks of acupuncture treatment, according to American researchers ...

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Acupuncture seems to be an effective therapy for hot flushes experienced by women with breast cancer ...

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Acupuncture is associated with a significant reduction in symptoms in women experiencing menopause-related sleep disturbances, according to a systematic review from Taiwan   ..

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Research from the USA suggests that acupuncture can lead to a significant reduction in vasomotor symptoms (VMS) in menopausal women ...

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An American study suggests that electro-acupuncture (EA) may be more effective for managing hot flushes among breast cancer survivors than the drug gabapentin (GP), with fewer adverse effects

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A pilot study from the UK suggests that Chinese medicine treatment is beneficial for menopausal symptoms ...

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A meta-analysis from Taiwanese authors confirms that acupuncture can improve symptoms in women experiencing menopause ...

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Acupuncture, dietary therapy and tuina self-massage can be successfully used to treat hot flushes and other symptoms in postmenopausal women...

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A four-armed pilot study investigating the effects of acupuncture (ACU) and Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) on hot flushes and quality of life in postmenopausal women has found verum acupuncture to be the most effective treatment.

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Another Cochrane Database systematic review has found insufficient evidence to determine whether acupuncture is effective for controlling menopausal vasomotor symptoms.

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Combining Eastern and Western concepts of hot-flush pathogenesis can lead to safe, evidence-based interventions which can improve quality of life for patients who are experiencing hot flushes, according to a review paper from the USA. The auth

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A phase II clinical trial of a Chinese herbal decoction, Dang Gui Bu Xue Tang (DBT, Dang Gui Decoction to Tonify the Blood), has shown that it can significantly improve physical and psychological scores and significantly reduce vasomotor symptoms for post-menopausal women.

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A five-year, multicentre clinical study carried out in China has demonstrated that taking a kidney-tonifying herbal formula increased bone mineral density and significantly reduced the incidence of fragility fractures in postmenopausal women.

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A pilot RCT carried out in the USA has found that while both traditional acupuncture (TA) and sham acupuncture (SA) can improve menopause-related vasomotor symptoms (VMS), only TA shows an impact on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

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A mixture of traditional Chinese herbs thought to have weak oestrogen-like activity may help ease menopausal hot flushes, a small clinical trial suggests.

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Taking part in a 12-week tai chi programme has multiple health benefits for post-menopausal women, particularly for those suffering from age-related loss of muscle strength.

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Researchers from Taiwan have found that auricular acupressure (AA) contributes to an improvement in postmenopausal insomnia (PI) by regulating the autonomic nervous system.

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A study by an American research team has demonstrated that tai chi exercise (TC) and supplementation with green tea polyphenols (GTP) can benefit bone remodeling and muscle strength in postmenopausal women

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A Brazilian group has found acupuncture to be effective in decreasing hot flushes and menopause symptom scores in postmenopausal women. In a randomised, single-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial, 81 patients were assigned to two groups: Grou

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The Chinese herbal formula Geng Nian Le (GNL) can relieve the symptoms of perimenopausal depression and regulate women’s hormone levels. Chinese scientists randomised 47 women to either a GNL group or a control group that received tibolone (a sy

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A follow-up study on acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes has reported that the benefits found immediately post-treatment do not persist. An earlier study of 267 postmenopausal women found that 12 weeks of individualised acupuncture plus self-care

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Not only is acupuncture as effective as drug therapy at preventing hot flushes in breast cancer patients who have been receiving long-term anti-oestrogen therapy, it also increases women's sex drive and improves their sense of well-being. Venlafaxine

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A systematic review by American authors suggests that mind-body therapies may be beneficial for alleviating specific menopausal symptoms. Eighteen clinical trials, involving a total of 882 women, met their inclusion criteria. Interventions included y

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A pilot study on the effect of acupuncture in decreasing hot flushes in menopausal women has concluded either that there is a strong placebo effect or that both traditional and sham acupuncture significantly reduce hot flush frequency. Fifty-six post

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A Norwegian study has found that acupuncture in addition to self-care can contribute to a clinically relevant reduction in menopausal hot flushes. The research was a multicentre, pragmatic, randomised, controlled trial with two parallel arms comparin

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A Japanese study compared the use of traditional Kampo herbal formulas and HRT, in two groups of women suffering menopausal symptoms. In the 18 patients in the Kampo group, treatment was able to alleviate the whole range of symptoms, whilst in the 16

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In a randomised study, women suffering menopausal symptoms were treated either with acupuncture points specifically chosen to treat their disorder, or more general qi tonifying acupuncture. The acupuncture specific group showed a decrease in mean mon

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In a study of 29 postmenopausal women who experienced at least seven moderate to severe hot flushes a day, active acupuncture was found to significantly decrease the severity of nocturnal flushes (by 28%) compared to 6% in women given sham acupunctur

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Acupuncture is associated with a significant decrease in the severity, but not the frequency, of postmenopausal hot flushes. In a randomised, placebo-controlled pilot study, 29 postmenopausal women averaging at least seven moderate to severe hot flus

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Acupuncture results in a significant improvement in perimenopausal symptoms in women who have had their ovaries surgically removed (oophorectomy). Sixty-seven women who had undergone oophorectomy were non-randomly divided into two groups. One grou

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A multicentre randomised clinical study of menopausal women has concluded that acupuncture carried out in addition to usual care is associated with marked clinical improvement in hot flushes and other menopause-related symptoms. One hundred and seven

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