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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.

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Acupuncture-related lifestyle advice helps patients with chronic neck pain improve the way they care for themselves and is associated with reductions in pain and disability ...

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Singing in a choir can reduce stress, improve mood and boost levels of immune proteins in people affected by cancer, suggests a study carried out in Wales ...

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A UK study has found that group drumming produces significant changes in well-being, including improvements in depression, anxiety and social resilience ...

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An Australian team has discovered that smell and taste receptors normally found in the nose and mouth are also present in heart tissue ...

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A brief walk in the forest can elicit physiological and psychological relaxation effects in hypertensive middle-aged individuals, according to Japanese researchers ...

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Baseball’s oldest major league player credits acupuncture as the secret of his longevity in the game ...

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Another mother and child study, this time from the Spanish island of Menorca, supports a potential protective effect of ‘fruity’ vegetables and fish intake during childhood on wheeze and atopy respectively. The mothers of 460 children

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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 five-year pilot study has shown that a comprehensive lifestyle intervention package may help reverse aging processes at a cellular level.

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A 30-year long study has found that men with healthy lifestyles enjoy increased disease-free survival and reduced cognitive impairment as they age.

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Meditation boosts the activity of genes involved in several processes beneficial to health, American scientists report. The investigators analysed the gene profiles of 26 volunteers, none of whom regularly meditated, before teaching them a 10 t

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Apigenin, a flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables, could be behind the anti-cancer effects of the Mediterranean diet, according to researchers from the USA. The compound, which is most abundant in chamomile tea, parsley and celery, was show

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Patient-centred interviewing techniques don’t just put patients more at ease, they can change the brain’s stress response and increase pain tolerance, according to an American research team.

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People with chronic inflammatory conditions - such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease - which are made worse by stress could benefit from practicing mindfulness meditation, according to a study by US scientists. The new study was

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In Chinese herbal medicine, walnuts are ascribed the function of tonifying the Kidneys which, among other things, govern sexual function and fertility.

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Saturated milk fats in the modern Western diet could be responsible for gut problems such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colitis, according to American researchers.

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A study from Scandinavia has found a direct link between poor oral hygiene and cancer. People with the highest amount of dental plaque were nearly twice as likely to have cancer; in women, it was most likely to be breast cancer.

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Remaining physically active in old age may help prevent the brain from shrinking, a process which has been linked to declining cognitive function. Scottish researchers, who followed a longitudinal cohort of 691 people, starting at age 70, found that

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Contrary to popular perception, stressors don't cause health problems. It is how people react to stressors that determines whether they will suffer negative health consequences, according to American investigators.

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Hong Kong researchers have found that taking part in mental and physical activities can delay cognitive decline in seniors with dementia.

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Hong Kong researchers have found that taking part in mental and physical activities can delay cognitive decline in seniors with dementia.

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Tai chi provides greater fall-prevention benefits than conventional physical therapy exercises for frail seniors, according to a Canadian study.

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A meta-analysis by Chinese authors suggests that Xuezhikang (a partially purified extract of fermented red yeast rice) has a lipid-regulating effect and is safe and effective in reducing cardiovascular events in coronary heart disease patients (CHD).

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A study from the UK has found that breast tissue samples from women who underwent mastectomies for breast cancer contained traces of parabens (p-hydroxybenzoic acid), preservatives commonly used in deodorants, body lotions and other cosmetic products.

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A high urinary concentration of the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA) has been positively associated with obesity and insulin resistance in older Chinese adults.

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A UK study suggests that living in a damp river valley at low altitude can increase the risk of developing lung problems.

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A qualitative study from the UK has analysed how self-care advice is constructed in traditional acupuncture consultations.

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Seniors who practice tai chi regularly demonstrate improved arterial compliance (the ability of arteries to expand and contract with the pumping of the heart), as well as increased leg muscle strength, according to a Hong Kong study.

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A large, prospective cohort study carried out in Japanese seniors has found that consumption of green tea is significantly associated with a lower risk of developing functional disability (problems with daily activities, such as bathing or dressing).

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A three-armed study in the Annals of Family Medicine has compared 8 weeks of mindfulness meditation, 8 weeks of moderate exercise and no intervention in the prevention of acute respiratory infections.

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A satisfying life is good for the health of the heart, shows the results from a large study of British civil servants.

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Having a high diversity of bacterial species in the gut may protect babies against developing allergies, according to a comprehensive study of intestinal microflora in allergic and healthy infants, conducted in Sweden.

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Pu'er Tea extract can help treat the metabolic syndrome that is the precursor to type 2 diabetes, according to the results of a Chinese study.

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Yoga is a more effective treatment for chronic lower back pain than conventional GP care, according to the UK’s largest ever study into its benefits.

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Auricular acupuncture (AA) can enhance athletes' recovery after strenuous exercise, suggests the results of a Taiwanese study.

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Eighty-four women suffering from prenatal depression were randomly assigned to yoga, massage therapy or standard prenatal care control groups.

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An article published in Spine journal has found that 12 weekly yoga classes for people with chronic or recurrent lower back pain (plus usual care) would be a cost-effective strategy for the National Health Service compared with usual care alone.

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A study carried out in a Massachussets high school randomly divided 11th and 12th grade students into a yoga or regular physical education (PE) class for the duration of a school term

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Auricular acupuncture (AA) can enhance athletes' recovery after strenuous exercise, suggests the results of a Taiwanese study.

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Research from the USA suggests that teaching mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) to urban youths may have a positive effect on hostility levels, interpersonal relationships, school achievement and physical health.

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Fatty foods can make people less vulnerable to sadness, even if they are unaware of the fat content in the food they are eating.

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A UK study has shown that vegetarians are a third less likely to suffer from diverticular disease than meat eaters.

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An extreme eight-week diet can reverse type 2 diabetes in recently diagnosed patients, say British researchers.

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A Canadian team has found that an eight-week yoga intervention is associated with improvements in pain, psychological functioning and cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia (FM).

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An extract of the spice fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) has demonstrated a significant positive effect on male libido and may assist in maintaining normal testosterone levels, according to research by Australian scientists.

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A large Taiwanese study has found that exercising for just 15 minutes a day can reduce mortality and extend lifespan.

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Dutch researchers have found that patients whose GP has additional CAM training have up to 30% lower healthcare costs and mortality rates.

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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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A 12-week yoga intervention results in greater improvements in mood and anxiety than equivalent walking exercise, according to a study from the USA.

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A large Spanish study suggests that an active commute to school can boost girls’ scores in cognitive tests.

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The cooking method used to prepare broccoli can make a significant difference to its cancer-fighting abilities.

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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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A UK team has found that, for patients receiving acupuncture for chronic back pain, the benefit of pain reduction over the course of treatment outweighed any negative reactions to treatment that they might have experienced.

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UK investigators have conducted a study to examine the factors that influence people when choosing an acupuncturist.

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A study from Columbia has linked vitamin D deficiency with childhood obesity.

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A British team has examined whether adhering to the Alternative Healthy Eating Index (AHEI) can help reverse metabolic syndrome (a cluster of risk factors for heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes)

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A Harvard team including acupuncture scholar and researcher Ted Kaptchuk has found that placebo pills work even when patients know what they are taking.

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Chinese internet users were astonished to find the ‘secret’ ingredient list for the famous haemostatic herbal powder Yunnan Baiyao openly displayed on the websites of Amazon.com and the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Daily consumption of dried apple has been shown to help weight loss and improve levels of cholesterol and inflammatory markers in post-menopausal women.

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A supplement containing a mix of essential fatty acids has been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), by a Brazilian team.

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American scientists have found a connection between a hormone produced by bone and male fertility, echoing Chinese medical theory which says that both reproduction and the bones are governed by the Kidney.

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The antibacterial effects of honey have long been recognised in traditional medicine. A new UK study has found that medical grade manuka honey can hamper the attachment of bacteria to tissues, which is an essential step in the initiation of bacterial infection.

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Statistics from the American Association of Poison Control Centers show that no deaths were caused by dietary supplements in the country in 2008.

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A systematic review by UK authors has concluded that exercising in the natural environment leads to greater benefits in mental and physical wellbeing than exercising indoors.

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Prolonged sedentary periods lead to larger waist sizes and higher blood triglyceride levels, even in subjects who exercise regularly, according to Australian investigators.

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The children of mothers who drink milk containing a probiotic supplement during and after pregnancy have a significantly lower risk of developing eczema, according to a Norwegian study.

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A probiotic supplement has been shown to significantly relieve the symptoms of infantile colic, compared to placebo.

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A single course of antibiotics has been found to permanently alter the microflora of the gut, with unknown consequences.

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Researchers from the USA have reported that a single massage treatment can produce measurable changes in the immune and endocrine systems of healthy adults.

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Positive psychological changes that occur during meditation training are associated with increased activity of telomerase

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Drinking several cups of tea daily can cut your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) by more than a third, according to Dutch researchers.

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Exercising first thing in the morning before breakfast can significantly lessen the detrimental effects of an unhealthy diet.

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Regular exercise may prevent the common cold, according to a study by US researchers.

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A collaborative study by scientists from China and the USA has found that 11 hours of meditation can induce positive structural changes in an area of the brain that helps regulate behaviour

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A systematic review by British authors has concluded that eating a diet rich in green leafy vegetables may lower the risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Combining the results of six studies (a total of more than 220,000 participants), the authors fou

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Postmenopausal women who take fish oil supplements may reduce their breast cancer risk, suggests an American study. The Vitamins and Lifestyle (VITAL) cohort study followed 35,016 postmenopausal women (50 to 76 years), who were asked to answer questi

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Individuals at high risk of psychosis appear less likely to develop psychotic disorders following a 12-week course of fish oil capsules containing high amounts of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Eighty-one adolescents with subthreshold p

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A study from Sweden shows that butter leads to considerably less elevation of blood fats after a meal, compared with olive oil and canola-flaxseed oil. Forty-seven individuals ate three test meals containing canola-flaxseed oil, butter, or olive oil.

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A new systematic review refutes the association between dietary saturated fat intake and increased risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The paper by American authors identified 21 prospective e

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Drinking blueberry juice has a measurable effect on learning and world list recall in older adults. An American group investigated the effects of daily consumption of wild blueberry juice on a sample of nine older adults with early memory changes.

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A US team has identified the molecular mechanism that enables cranberry juice to fight off urinary tract infections. A virulent form of Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria is the primary cause of most urinary tract infections. This strain of E. coli

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Chinese nutritional theory has always held that beetroot has Blood-nourishing properties. A British team has now found that beetroot juice can boost athletic stamina by increasing the nitrate concentration of the blood. In a double-blind, placebo-con

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Apple juice has a positive effect on the mood states of people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease (AD). During the American study, 21 institutionalised AD patients consumed two 120ml glasses of apple juice a day for a month. Although participants de

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Astaxanthin, the pigment that gives salmon and flamingos their pink colour, can protect kidney cells from oxidative damage in vivo and may therefore help prevent the development of diabetic nephropathy. Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant (about 50

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Essential oils from six different herbs have been demonstrated to reduce the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2, the rate-limiting enzyme in prostaglandin biosynthesis), which plays a key role in inflammation. Japanese researchers screened a wide

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A facial cream containing turmeric can significantly reduce fine lines, age spots and wrinkles, according to two studies by scientists at cosmetic company Proctor and Gamble. In one ‘split-face’ study, 89 caucasian women (aged 40-60) applied eith

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Irish scientists have discovered that curcumin, a component of turmeric which is a common curry ingredient, can kill oesophageal cancer cells in vitro. The team found that curcumin treatment reduced the viability of all oesophageal cell lines tested

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Adding rosemary extract to ground beef decreases the formation of carcinogens that result from the cooking process, according to American researchers. Heterocyclic amines (HCA) are mutagenic compounds that form when meat and fish are cooked at hig

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Bitter melon (Ku Gua, Momordica charantia), a vegetable commonly used in Chinese cooking and medicine, shows promise as an anti-breast cancer agent. Studies carried out by US scientists have shown that treatment of human breast cancer cells with bitt

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Italian researchers have found that in men with type two diabetes, stricter adherence to a Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED). Five hundred and fifty-five men completed questionnaires on food-frequen

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A diet rich in the phenolic components of virgin olive oil can suppress the expression of genes involved in inflammation, which may explain the reduced risk of cardiovascular disease seen in people who follow a Mediterranean diet. In a crossover stud

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By following a low-carbohydrate Mediterranean diet, newly diagnosed diabetics may be able to postpone their need for medication. An Italian study involved 215 sedentary overweight adults (mean age 52) newly diagnosed with type two diabetes, who were

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People who follow a Mediterranean diet (rich in monounsaturated fats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains and fish) have a reduced risk of developing depression, according to Spanish research. A cohort of 10,094 healthy participants completed a fo

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UK researchers have discovered a link between processed foods and depression. People who consume a diet rich in high-fat dairy products and fried, refined and sugary foods are at increased risk of developing depression, whereas those whose diet is ri

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The addition of flaxseed oil to the diet could reduce the risk of osteoporosis in post-menopausal and diabetic women. Egyptian researchers looking at mouse models of the two conditions found that the presence of flaxseed oil in feed over a two month

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Spanish researchers have determined that a diet rich in polyphenols and polyunsaturated fatty acids (termed the LMN diet) stimulates neurogenesis – the production and differentiation of the brain’s stem cells into various types of new neurones

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A diet high in fat and sugar has a double-whammy effect on the waistline, because it switches on genes that cause fat to be stored, according to new research. This study of mice found that foods that are high in fat and sugar stimulate the kappa opio

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The Chinese belief that meal timing is important to health is being backed up by Western science. Animal experiments have revealed that the daily expression patterns of thousands of metabolic genes in the liver are more dependent on the timing of foo

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A large Greek prospective cohort study (23,349 participants) has investigated the relative importance of the individual components of the Mediterranean diet. The dominant components of the Mediterranean diet that score as a predictor of lower mortali

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