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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.

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 shows beneficial effects in peripheral neuropathy, according to the American authors of a systematic review ...

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Acupuncture treatment can improve walking gait in patients with multiple sclerosis, report Portuguese investigators ...

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Abnormal functional connectivity (FC) in the brain due to Bell’s Palsy (BP) can be reduced by acupuncture, report Chinese investigators ...

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Acupuncture is safe and has multiple beneficial effects in improving neurologic deficits for those who have recently suffered a stroke, concludes a Chinese research team ...

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Acupuncture may help improve Parkinson's Disease (PD)-related fatigue, a US research team has found ...

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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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Chinese authors have used data mining to discover acupoints and point combinations that have therapeutic potential in the treatment of vascular dementia (VaD) ...

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A Chinese herbal formula has been found to improve cognitive performance in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease (AD) ...

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Acupuncture may be more effective than medication for treating Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and may enhance the effect of drugs for treating AD in terms of improving cognitive function ...

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Acupuncture seems to be an effective therapy for Bell's palsy, report the authors of a Chinese systematic review ...

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Acupuncture may be useful for improving tongue function and swallowing ability in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients ...

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A pilot cohort study from Taiwan has demonstrated that acupuncture has a clinically significant and immediate effect on reducing dizziness and vertigo among hospital emergency department (ED) patients ...

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Simultaneous use of local acupoints together with points on the Governing vessel can promote functional repair after peripheral nerve injury, report Chinese investigators ...

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Acupuncture can induce significant connectivity changes in the somatosensory region of the brain in people recovering from Bell’s palsy (BP) ...

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Acupuncture stimulation at Yanglingquan GB-34 can activate brain areas known to be impaired in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) ...

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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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A pilot study from China has found that acupuncture can modulate activity in the brain’s default-mode network (DMN) in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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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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According to an overview of 24 systematic reviews and meta-analyses carried out by Chinese researchers, current evidence suggests that acupuncture may be effective for treating post-stroke neurological impairment and dysfunction

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Acupuncture is promising as a treatment for pain in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, a UK pilot study suggests.

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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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Acupuncture that elicits the sensation of deqi can improve facial muscle recovery, disability and quality of life for patients with Bell’s palsy. In a randomised controlled trial, Chinese researchers compared the efficacy of weak versus stro

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A pilot study carried out in Brail provides evidence that electro-acupuncture (EA) can significantly improve quality of life for patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS).

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Di Huang Yin Zi (DHYZ, Rehmannia Decoction), a traditional Chinese herbal formula used to treat neurological disorders, has been found to improve neurological function in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), and may be an effective adjuvant therapy for enhancing functional recovery after SCI.

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A Chinese herbal formula, ‘Ningdong granules’ (NDG), has been shown to reduce tics in children with Tourette’s syndrome.

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Using fMRI, Chinese researchers have shown that the organisation of functional brain networks is altered after acupuncture and that these alterations exhibit point specificity.

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Acupuncture needling at Yanglingquan GB-34, traditionally classified as an influential point for muscles and tendons, results in a subtle but specific inhibitory effect on the excitability of the brain’s motor system – the network of brain regions involved in activating muscles to produce body movements.

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Practising tai chi twice a week can help Parkinson's patients improve their balance and walking ability, according to an American study.

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In a four-year study of 195 subjects with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease, tai chi has been found to improve postural stability and walking ability and to reduce the risk of falling.

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A pilot study carried out in Hong Kong has found that a formula containing the Chinese herb Gou Teng (Uncaria rhynchophylla) can help patients with Parkinson’s disease carry out their daily living activities.

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Mindfulness meditation may help people who have multiple sclerosis (MS) reduce the fatigue, anxiety and depression that often accompany the disease.

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US researchers have shown that acupressure treatment of subjects with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulted in improvements to their cognitive function.

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American researchers have found that long-term tai chi exercise improves physical performance among people with peripheral neuropathy. Twenty-five patients completed 24 consecutive weeks of modified, group-based TC. After six weeks of TC, participant

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A Korean pilot study has provided evidence that acupuncture may be useful for the treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The study compared 42 cases treated with acupuncture with 21 cases exposed to sham acupuncture and observed the effects on

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More evidence for the neural specificity of particular acupuncture points comes from a Chinese study that used fMRI to investigate the effects of acupuncture at Neiguan P-6. fMRI was performed on the brains of 36 healthy subjects while they received

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Twenty Parkinson's Disease (PD) patients (mean age 68 years; disease duration 8.5 years) each received acupuncture treatments by a licensed acupuncturist. All patients were treated with two acupuncture treatment sessions per week. The first seven

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This randomised study assessed parents’ perceptions of the benefits of 6 months of acupuncture or osteopathy treatment of 50 children with spastic cerebral palsy. 96% of parents reported improvements, the most frequent of which were better use o

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In a clinical trial of 21 HIV infected individuals with peripheral neuropathy treated by acupuncture, it was found that the treatment significantly reduced pain, aching, burning, pins and needles and numbness of the hands and feet. 10 treatments were

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A small Chinese study has investigated the effects of acupuncture on the brain of Parkinson's disease patients using positron emission tomography (PET). Five patients received scalp-acupuncture together with Madopar (levodopa and benserazide hydrochl

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