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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 group of Chinese researchers who carried out a network meta-analysis on acupuncture techniques commonly used for myofascial pain syndrome has concluded that they are effective in decreasing pain and in improving physical function ...

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Acupuncture may lead to long-term improvements in clinical outcomes and levels of of pain neuromediators in fibromyalgia ...

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ndian investigators have found that acupuncture is more effective for pain relief than analgesics in the treatment of pulpitis (inflammation of dental pulp tissue) ...

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The largest, most rigorous study of its kind to date has found that acupuncture can significantly reduce the severe joint pain experienced by women undergoing treatment for early stage breast cancer ...

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Acupuncture could play a significant role in combating the opioid epidemic that is raging in the USA ...

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Three minutes of acupressure is effective in decreasing pain intensity due to acute musculoskeletal injury, report researchers from New Zealand ...

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Electro-acupuncture demonstrates greater short- and long-term benefits for chronic discogenic sciatica than medium-frequency electrotherapy (MFE - similar to transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or TENS) ...

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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 pilot study carried out in China suggests that acupuncture may be effective for reducing cancer pain ...

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Fibromyalgia patients who exhibit greater sensitivity to pain are more likely to respond to sham acupuncture, and more likely to experience a worsening of pain after verum acupuncture, report US researchers ...

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A Brazilian team has found that auricular acupuncture can reduce anxiety and pain in nursing professionals ...

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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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Findings from a systematic literature review support acupuncture's capacity to alter pain-related functional connectivity in the brains of patients with musculoskeletal pain ...

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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 study carried out in a Tunisian hospital emergency department has found that, compared with morphine, acupuncture was associated with faster, more effective analgesia and was better tolerated ...

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Tai chi should be considered as a viable therapy for chronic pain conditions, according to an international team of authors ...

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Current evidence supports the use of acupuncture as an adjuvant therapy in treating post-operative pain, according to a systematic review from China ...

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Acupuncture is an acceptable and effective adjunctive method for reducing pain and anxiety in an emergency department (ED) setting, report American clinicians ...

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Battlefield acupuncture (BFA) can result in clinically meaningful reductions in neuropathic pain due to spinal cord injury (SCI), suggests a pilot study by American researchers ...

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Acupuncture may be more effective than drugs, and may enhance the effect of drugs, for patients with sciatica ...

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Repeated verum acupuncture (but not sham acupuncture) may help reduce chronic pain symptoms by normalising dysregulated connectivity between key brain regions involved in pain perception ...

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A study by authors from the US Air Force has shown that battlefield auricular acupuncture (BFA) can reduce throat pain and decrease need for pain medication in patients with acute sore throat

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Intraoperative acupuncture results in reduced pain and earlier return to eating for children undergoing tonsillectomy, according to American researchers ...

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Ear acupuncture and acupressure can effectively manage pain, according to a meta-analysis ...

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Acupuncture can be considered as an alternative treatment option for De Quervain's tenosynovitis (painful inflammation of tendons in the thumb), suggests an Iranian research study ...

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Both verum and sham electro-acupuncture (EA) can effectively relieve the pain of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL, a non-invasive method of treating kidney stones), as well as reducing the analgesic dosage, according to the results of Chinese research ...

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Caffeine can inhibit the analgesic effect of acupuncture, according to animal studies carried out in Brazil. Mice subjected to plantar incision surgery were treated with both manual acupuncture and electro-acupu

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Acupuncture analgesia is a useful method of pain control in patients with acute dental pain, a Brazilian study has found. A sample of 120 patients waiting for emergency den

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Acupuncture has been found to outperform counselling and usual care for patients suffering from depression complicated by pain.

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Acupuncture is the most effective CAM for treating musculoskeletal conditions and one of only a few therapies that is supported by current medical evidence, according to a report commissioned by the charity Arthritis Researc

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A secondary analysis of data from the Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration has shown that acupuncture is significantly superior to control, irrespective of the type of control used.

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A study into the analgesic properties of various Chinese herbs has found that a compound of Yan Hu Suo (Rhizoma Corydalis) is able to effectively treat various kinds of pain, including inflammatory and neuropathic pain.

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Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is associated with changes in connectivity in the brain’s default mode network (DMN), but acupuncture can reverse these changes as well as provide pain relief.

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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 Cochrane Database systematic review has summarised the current evidence for the use of acupuncture in the treatment of fibromyalgia.

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A review of the evidence for the use of acupuncture for cancer pain has found that it is beneficial.

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A US military research team has carried out a feasibility study to examine the use of

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A Chinese study has used ultrasound scanning to show that acupuncture at Jianjing GB-21 can regulate the volume of the gall bladder in cholecystitis patients and improve their symptoms.

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The results of a study from Thailand have shown that acupuncture combined with medication can significantly reduce peripheral neuropathy in diabetics.

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Chinese researchers have found that acupuncture can significantly improve pain and activity levels in patients with chronic Achilles tendinopathy, compared with exercise therapy.

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Acupuncture is the most effective complementary therapy for treating osteoarthritis, and also scores highly for other chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions, according to a report by the charity Arthritis Research UK. The report summarises current e

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A case report from the UK demonstrates the potential benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of phantom limb pain.

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Case studies of two injured American soldiers have shown that scalp acupuncture can relieve pain and restore function and sensation in complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

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Just one session of acupuncture treatment can result in improvement in pain sensitivity for patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorders (WAD), according to a Belgian study.

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An international collaboration, involving some of the UK’s top acupuncture researchers, has provided definitive evidence that acupuncture is effective for chronic pain.

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A Turkish pilot study suggests that acupuncture may be an effective method of analgesia in newborn infants.

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Acupuncture appears to be an effective adjunct to conventional analgesia for patients recovering from haemorrhoidectomy.

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American researchers have found preliminary evidence that acupuncture may be able to help relieve non-cyclic breast pain.

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Chinese research has confirmed that the irritability of a myofascial trigger point in the upper trapezius muscle can be suppressed by needling remote acupoints.

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Acupoint electrical stimulation (AES) can effectively reduce postoperative pain and analgesic usage, according to an RCT carried out in Taiwan.

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Chinese scientists have found that acupuncture can lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the blood and synovial fluid of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients.

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Depth of needle penetration is important for relief of exercise-induced muscular pain, according to a Japanese acupuncture study carried out on twenty-two healthy volunteers.

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An Italian RCT has found that acupuncture is as effective as standard drug treatment for acute pain in patients with herpes zoster (HZ).

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Meditation can significantly reduce the unpleasantness of a noxious stimulus by engaging multiple brain mechanisms that alter the way the brain constructs the subjective experience of pain.

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Verum acupuncture has a significantly greater analgesic effect than non-penetrating sham acupuncture (NPSA), according to a group of European researchers (including Konrad Streitberger who developed the sham acupuncture needle).

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US authors have conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies evaluating auricular acupuncture (AA) for pain management.

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Depth of needle penetration is important for relief of exercise-induced muscular pain, according to a Japanese acupuncture study carried out on twenty-two healthy volunteers.

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Daily supplementation with ginger root (Gan Jiang [Zingiberis Rhizoma]) has been found to reduce exercise-induced pain by 25%.

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A Canadian study has compared the analgesic effect of conventional (high frequency) and acupuncture-like (low frequency) TENS between a group of opioid-treated patients and a group of opioid-naive patients

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A randomised controlled trial carried out in the USA has evaluated the effectiveness of a six-week tai chi course in reducing symptoms, increasing function and improving psychosocial status in arthritis patients. In the largest study to date carried

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A systematic review of TCM therapies for treatment of fibromyalgia has concluded that they appear to be effective. The authors looked at twenty-five RCTs (1516 participants) of which ten were eligible for meta-analysis. Acupuncture reduced pain score

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Acupuncture may help to relieve the joint pain and stiffness that are a common side-effect of the use of aromatase inhibitors (AI) that suppress oestrogen production in women with breast cancer. US researchers conducted a study of 43 postmenopausal w

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Acupuncture that elicits deqi has a deactivating effect on specific areas of the brain associated with pain processing. A UK team has investigated the effect of deqi and acute pain needling sensations on brain fMRI blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD)

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In order to clarify whether acupuncture is more effective than placebo for pain relief, two British authors have combined evidence gathered from systematic reviews of high-quality RCTs that compared acupuncture with sham acupuncture for chronic pain

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Acupuncture enhances blood flow and oxygen supply to the Achilles tendon in healthy volunteers. In a crossover trial nine volunteers received treatment of the Achilles tendon with 10 minutes of either acupuncture or a heat pack. During needle inse

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A study has analysed postural changes after acupuncture treatment in a group of 15 patients with balance disorders caused by cervical torsion due to whiplash injury. The treatment consisted of 3 once-weekly sessions during which points Tianzhu BL-10

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A randomised placebo-controlled single-blind study of 50 patients in Germany compared the analgesic effect of needling a single acupuncture point (on the arm) traditionally indicated for knee pain, with a simulated acupuncture treatment (control grou

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The effect of auriculopressure on pain relief was assessed by comparing two groups of healthy students. In the first group, auriculopressure was applied to the 'toe' ear point and pressure sensitivity at the toe was measured with an algometer before

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A study has shown that transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is less effective than electro-acupuncture in the treatment of chronic pain. 156 patients with chronic pain (lower back ache, osteoarthritis of the knee, and cervical spondylos

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A study carried out at the Department for Family Medicine at the University of Maryland has shown that acupuncture is more effective than placebo in the treatment of postoperative oral surgery pain (Archives of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck S

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A randomised controlled pilot study compared the effects of standard emergency medical care to auricular acupuncture plus standard care in patients with acute pain syndromes. Eighty-seven people with a diagnosis of acute pain completed the emergency

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A retrospective audit of case histories, carried out in a Spanish primary care pain treatment unit, has concluded that acupuncture is effective in treating musculoskeletal pain. Electronically stored case histories of 5981 patients who sought acup

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Applying acupressure to Baihui DU-20 and Hegu L.I.-4 while in transit to hospital effectively reduces pain and anxiety in patients with distal radial fractures. Acupressure was performed in the ambulance on a group of 32 patients either at true acupr

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Acupuncture treatment is more than twice as likely as sham treatment to improve men’s symptoms of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Malaysian researchers randomised 89 patients to ten weeks of twice-weekly 30-minute true or sham

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A systematic review carried out in Denmark and published in the BMJ has concluded that pain relief with acupuncture is minimal and mainly due to placebo effect. However, an accompanying editorial mitigates this seemingly negative result, explainin

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American clinicians have carried out a nonrandomised pilot study to determine the feasibility of acupuncture for acute postoperative pain control in hospitalised children. 20 patients (aged 7 months to 18 years) who had undergone a variety of surgica

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A preliminary trial by an American team has found acupuncture to be a promising way of treating arthralgia in women receiving aromatase inhibitors (AIs) for breast cancer. Twelve patients were provided with electro-acupuncture (EA) twice a week fo

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A team from the USA has found that the duration of electro-acupuncture treatment can affect its analgesic effect. Healthy volunteers were randomised to receive 0, 20, 30 or 40 minutes of electro-acupuncture stimulation (alternating 2/100 Hz at 5mA).

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