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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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An Israeli research team has found that acupuncture may be able to help clear persistent warts by creating an anti-inflammatory immune response ...

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Acupuncture has positive medical, economical and psychological effects for patients suffering from acute burns, according to clinicians working in the Czech Republic ...

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A systematic review from China suggests that acupuncture is an effective and safe therapy for patients suffering from arthritis due to gout ...

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Acupuncture treatment can result in a clinically meaningful change in pain intensity for amputees with phantom limb pain ...

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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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Taking a herbal decoction of Kuan-Sin-Yin (KSY) improves liver function and lipid metabolism in patients with chronic hepatitis C ...

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A retrospective chart review carried out by US doctors at a veterans hospital suggests that auricular acupuncture (AA) is effective in treating refractory pain conditions ...

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A Chinese herbal formula has shown potential for improving working memory performance in healthy adults ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can improve survival rates for patients with sepsis via regulation of the immune system, report Chinese investigators ...

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American investigators conclude that individualised acupuncture treatment appears to offer significant relief for veterans with Gulf War Illness ...

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Adding electro-acupuncture (EA) to drug treatment can benefit Parkinson's disease (PD) patients ...

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The clinical efficacy of  ‘5-Ling Granule’ (5-LGr), a proprietary herbal formula, is comparable to that of the drug tiapride (a selective dopamine D2-receptor antagonist) for reducing tics in children with Tourette’s syndrome ...

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The results of an American pilot study suggest that acupuncture may be effective for the relief of symptoms that commonly affect quality of life for hospice patients ...

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Acupuncture is as effective as occlusal splint therapy for the relief of temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) ...

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Acupuncture can improve vocal function and healing of vocal fold lesions in people with dysphonia (impairment in the ability to speak normally) ...

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Acupuncture can improve abnormal leg activity in patients with ‘restless leg syndrome’ (RLS), according to a team of researchers from China and Japan ...

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Tai chi holds therapeutic potential for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, according to a German pilot study. A sample of 32 MS patients participated in two weekly tai chi sessions of 90 minutes duration for six months, while a comparison group rec

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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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A Chinese research team has found that tai chi (TC) can improve balance and decrease fall risks in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD).

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Adding acupuncture to usual care for patients in an emergency department (ED) is feasible and provides effective pain and nausea relief.

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A Chinese herbal formula, Jiang Zhi Granule (JZG), has been shown to benefit patients suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL), the hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome.

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According to American researchers, weekly acupuncture is associated with improvements in pain and quality of life when used as an adjunct to usual treatment for chronic pain in urban health centres.

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A study carried out in China has found that a herbal formula, Fuzheng Huayu Capsule (FZHYC) can reduce the risk of bleeding and improve survival rates in liver cirrhosis patients with oesophageal varices.

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A retrospective cohort study from a Taiwanese research group suggests that acupuncture treatment results in reduced use of medical services by patients who experience traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Facial cosmetic acupuncture (FCA) results in improvement of objective measures of facial elasticity, a Korean pilot study suggests.

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Chinese herbal medicine can alleviate disease activity in primary Sjogren's syndrome (pSS) patients.

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The evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is encouraging, conclude Korean authors.

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Acupuncture shows promise in reducing some of the problems associated with female sexual dysfunction (FSD).

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An Australian systematic review has found preliminary support for the use of acupuncture as a means to enhance exercise performance and post-exercise recovery.

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) coupled with conventional treatment is more effective than conventional treatment for plantar fasciitis, according to a pilot study carried out in Thailand.

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A UK-based study looking at acupuncture carried out in a busy GP practice by an experienced traditional acupuncturist, found that it resulted in clinically relevant improvements in patients

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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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American scientists have reported the identification of two substances in dried licorice root (Gan Cao, Radix Glycyrrhizae) that are capable of killing bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.

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Chinese researchers have found that an extract of the Chinese herb Tu Jing Pi (Cortex Pseudolaricis) has potent antifungal activity and may be a potential therapeutic agent for oral candidiasis.

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A flavonoid extracted from the Japanese raisin tree, Hovenia dulcis (Chi Chu Tzu), may counter the detrimental effects of alcohol consumption and offer a potential anti-hangover supplement, according to research from the USA.

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Italian clinicians have published a novel case report on a severely immune suppressed HIV patient whose giant wart was completely healed following a long period of treatment with acupuncture.

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Chinese herbal medicine can help alleviate disease symptoms and improve quality of life for patients with primary Sjogren's syndrome (pSS), when added to standard drug therapy, according to Chinese researchers.

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A Hong Kong study has found that electroacupuncture can reduce the discomfort of rectal distension, suggesting that it may be useful during colonoscopy procedures.

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UK researchers have found acupuncture to have significant and sustained benefit for patients who frequently attend GP surgeries with medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS).

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Acupuncture shows potential for improving the quality of life of people with eating disorders, according to a pilot study carried out in Australia.

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Auricular electroacupuncture (EA) can reduce the frequency and severity of Raynaud’s attacks, according to a team of researchers from Austria.

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UK researchers have found acupuncture to have significant and sustained benefit for patients who frequently attend GP surgeries with medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS).

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Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomi Cortex [Rou Gui]) has a potential role in the prevention of many diseases, according to a review by American authors.

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A single acupuncture treatment can increase isometric quadriceps strength, according to German authors. Thirty-three recreational athletes were randomised to receive acupuncture, sham acupuncture (needling at non-acupuncture points) and placebo laser

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Acupuncture can significantly reduce burning mouth syndrome, a chronic pathology of unknown aetiopathogenesis, probably due to its influence on oral microcirculation. In an observational study carried out by Italian investigators, thirty patients wer

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A systematic review by Chinese authors has concluded that traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs) seem to be effective for chronic hepatitis B (CHB). Their meta-analysis showed that TCMs had a greater beneficial effect than interferon (IFN) and a slight

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Acupuncture for spinal cord injuries (SCI) can mobilise human stem cells, according to German research. Fourteen healthy volunteers were needled at acupuncture points used in the treatment of SCI, while control individuals received acupuncture at poi

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Hepatitis E is endemic in developing countries and may occur as imported hepatitis in industrialised countries. A 46-year-old Japanese man developed immunoserologically diagnosed acute hepatitis E in Japan 4 months after he had made a trip to China.

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In a study carried out by the US airforce, electrical stimulation of auricular acupuncture points using a Pointer Plus device was effective in treating jet lag. 5 USAF aircrew members suffering from circadian desynchronosis (jet lag) were treated at

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Point specific acupuncture is effective in treating vocal disorders arising from benign pathological tissue changes according to a recent study. Twenty four subjects with dysphonia were randomly assigned to either an experimental group or a placebo g

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A systematic review has been carried out to assess the effects of Chinese herbal medicines for treating hyperthyroidism. The authors searched Western and Chinese biomedical databases and identified 13 relevant trials with 1770 participants, all of wh

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One session of acupuncture seems to have an influence on the deformity of some scoliosis patients. In a controlled single blind crossover study, verum acupuncture, carried out according to TCM principles, was compared with sham acupuncture and jus

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Red yeast rice (Hong Qu) may be an effective alternative treatment for people with high cholesterol who cannot tolerate statins. Sixty two patients with dyslipidemia, who had discontinued statin therapy due to muscle pain, were assigned to receive re

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A feasibility study carried out in an emergency department (ED) in the USA suggests that acupuncture can be an effective analgesic intervention for patients who have suffered minor acute trauma to the extremities. Acupuncture was used as primary anal

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German investigators have recorded objective measures of improvement in nasal congestion following acupuncture. Twenty-four patients with a history of nasal congestion were diagnosed according to the Heidelberg model of TCM. They were treated using e

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Korean and Vietnamese biochemists have investigated the Chinese herb Gou Ji (Rhizoma Cibotii barometz - or chain fern rhizome) as a possible treatment for osteoporosis. The herb is also known in Vietnam as the vegetable lamb plant, based on a legend

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