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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.

Acupuncture may be effective at reducing symptom intensity in people suffering from burning mouth syndrome ...

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Acupuncture can help restore the sense of smell in people suffering from post-viral olfactory dysfunction (PVOD) ...

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

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

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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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The American Academy of Otolaryngology’s new Clinical Practice Guideline recommends acupuncture for patients with allergic rhinitis (AR) who are interested in nonpharmacological therapy ...

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Patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) who use adjunctive traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to manage their condition are less likely to require endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) ...

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Chinese researchers have found that ear acupressure (EAP) results in both short- and long-term improvements in symptoms and quality of life (QoL) for patients with perennial allergic rhinitis ...

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A pilot study carried out in Italy suggests that acupuncture may reduce the pain of burning mouth syndrome (BMS). BMS, for which no medical or dental cause can be found, most commonly affects older women.

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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 multi-centre trial carried out in the UK has concluded that acupuncture can provide significant symptom relief for cancer patients with radiation-induced xerostomia.

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A systematic review has concluded that Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) interventions appear to have beneficial effects in patients with persistent allergic rhinitis (PAR)

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Preliminary data from a pilot study carried out in the USA suggest that an integrated approach that combines acupuncture with Western medicine can improve symptoms and quality of life for patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS).

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A sham-controlled feasibility trial has found that electro-acupuncture given concurrently with radiotherapy can significantly reduce xerostomia (dry mouth) symptoms and improved quality of life.

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Acupuncture given concurrently with radiotherapy can significantly reduce xerostomia (dry mouth) and improve quality of life for patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

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Xin Yi San (XYS, magnolia flower powder) reduces nasal symptoms in patients with perennial allergic rhinitis (AR) due to its diverse immunomodulatory effects.

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Three recent pieces of research on the benefits of acupuncture to support conventional medicine in the treatment of cancer.

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Magnolia (Xin Yi San, XYS, Flos Magnoliae), used as a single herb, is effective in the treatment of perennial allergic rhinitis. In a randomised double-blind study, Chinese researchers treated 108 patients with either XYS or a placebo for three month

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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 group from Taiwan has assessed the effect of acupuncture on clinical outcomes and gene expression profiles of patients suffering from perennial allergic rhinitis and found differences between atopic and non-atopic cases. The Phadiatop test was used

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A German study has assessed the cost-effectiveness of adjunctive acupuncture treatment for allergic rhinitis. 981 patients were randomly allocated to two groups; both received usual care, but one group additionally received ten acupuncture sessions.

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Although many Asian practitioners are happy to specialise as acupuncturists, and therefore do not prescribe herbs, there has been a tendency in the west to feel that acupuncture alone is somehow inadequate. In the treatment of seasonal allergic rhini

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A double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial of acupuncture for the treatment of childhood persistent allergic rhinitis was carried out at a Hong Kong hospital. Patients attending the paediatric outpatient department were randomly assigned to

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An Australian study has found that acupuncture can significantly reduce the symptoms of persistent allergic rhinitis (PAR). The randomised, single-blind, sham-controlled trial included 80 patients with PAR (aged 16-70 years) who were randomly assigne

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A systematic review of seven high quality trials evaluating the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating or preventing allergic rhinitis (AR) concludes that the evidence is mixed. Results for seasonal AR failed to show specific effects of acupunctur

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A small study carried out in South Korea has investigated the effects of acupuncture on objective and subjective assessment of symptom changes in patients with head and neck cancer who have with radiation-induced xerostomia (dry mouth due to lack of saliva).

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Xerostomia(dry mouth) is a common sequela of radiation for head and neck cancer as well as a consequence of medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants and diuretics.

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Another study has confirmed the benefit of acupuncture in the treatment of painful xerostomia (dry mouth) following radiotherapy for head or neck cancer.

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Radiation therapy for cancer can induce secondary xerostomia (dryness of the mouth) which may be resistant to conventional pilocarpine therapy.

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Xerostomia, a condition of dryness of the mouth due to salivary dysfunction, is a common and usually irreversible side effect in patients receiving radiotherapy for head and neck cancer.

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