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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.

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Acupuncture compares favourably to bed rest for the relief of postpartum sciatica, conclude the authors of a study carried out in China ...

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Acupuncture is associated with a much faster and deeper analgesic effect and better tolerance in comparison with morphine for patients suffering from acute renal colic ...

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Acupuncture is a feasible treatment for chronic pain, and is well received by low-income patients in the government-fundedMedicaid programme, according to research carried out in the USA ...

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Acupuncture has a similar effect to conventional treatment for chronic neck pain, conclude the Japanese authors of a systematic review ...

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Acupuncture reduces pain and serum markers associated with endometriosis, according the authors of a systematic review carried out in China ...

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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 and electrotherapy are associated with clinically significant reductions in pain and opioid consumption after total knee arthroplasty ...

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Chinese authors of a systematic review of acupuncture for primary dysmenorrhoea have concluded that current evidence suggests it may be effective ...

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Chinese authors of a systematic review have found that acupuncture is associated with a greater immediate pain relief effect compared with sham acupuncture and analgesic injections ...

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A systematic review by Australian authors has found that auricular acupuncture is effective for pain relief in the emergency department ...

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Acupuncture can reduce pain and medication use in patients with idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia ...

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

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Electro-acupuncture can significantly alleviate pain and improve physical function in knee osteoarthritis patients, with a low risk of adverse reactions ...

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Acupuncture appears to relieve myofascial pain in temporomandibular disorder report the Portuguese authors of a systematic review ...

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A systematic review by American authors has concluded that acupuncture and electrotherapy can reduce opioid consumption after total knee arthroplasty ...

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Gua sha may elicit a more long-lasting anti-inflammatory effect relative to hot pack treatment, leading to better pain relief and mobility in elderly patients with chronic low back pain ...

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Acupressure can improve recovery after acute ankle sprain, leading to shortened disability time, say Chinese clinicians ...

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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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Acupuncture results in both clinical and morphological improvement of the median nerve at the wrist in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome ...

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Acupuncture can reduce pain and pathological thickness of the common extensor tendon in patients with lateral epicondylitis ...

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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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Abdominal acupuncture is an effective treatment for neck pain, according to researchers from Hong Kong ...

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A feasibility study carried out by a US research team suggests that acupuncture offered in a group setting is effective for reducing pain and depression in patients with chronic pain or osteoarthritis ...

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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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The largest-ever pragmatic randomised trial of acupuncture carried out in hospital emergency departments has found that it is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for acute pain ...

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Acupuncture is still effective for pain relief a year after treatment has ended, according to a paper by Prof Hugh MacPherson and international colleagues from the Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration ...

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A Chinese herbal formula has been shown to reduce serum uric acid levels and prevent recurrence of acute gouty arthritis ...

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UK researchers examining economic data on 12 non-pharmacological interventions for osteoarthritis of the knee have found acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to be cost-effective ...

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Distal acupuncture needling results in immediate pain reduction in patients with adhesive capsulitis (AC) and adding acupuncture to conservative therapy for the condition results in shorter recovery times ...

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Acupuncture may achieve long-term pain relief in carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) by rewiring the brain, according to findings by an American research team ...

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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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Adding either acupuncture or electro-acupuncture does not confer any additional benefit over exercise treatment for subacromial pain syndrome ...

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Findings from a small exploratory study carried out in the UK suggest a trend of increased benefits for clinical outcomes after ten sessions of adjunctive acupuncture for chronic low back pain ...

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Acupuncture is a feasible treatment for relieving pain in intensive care unit (ICU) patients, American researchers report ...

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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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In stark contrast to the increasing medical acceptance of acupuncture and other complementary therapies in the United States, and their growing inclusion in medical guidelines for doctors who are treating pain conditions, the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recently dropped acupuncture from its recommendations for knee osteoarthritis and low back pain ...

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American investigators have found that self-administered acupressure is superior to usual care for pain and physical function improvement in older people with knee osteoarthritis ...

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

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The American College of Physicians’ new guidelines on the treatment of chronic low back pain strongly recommend the use of acupuncture as a first-line treatment, finding it to be more effective for pain relief and improvement in function than pharmaceutical drugs ...

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A meta-analysis from Chinese researchers suggests that acupuncture can improve pain and function in patients with chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis ...

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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 compares favourably with drug treatment for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS), according to Chinese authors ...

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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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Acupuncture has a better clinical effect on knee osteoarthritis than physiotherapy, which may be due to its ability to promote cartilage repair ...

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A study by investigators from the UK suggests that both group and individual acupuncture may be effective for treating the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can reduce symptoms and improve function when added to nocturnal splinting for carpal tunnel syndrome ...

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The beneficial effects of a course of acupuncture treatment for patients with chronic pain appear to persist for at least 12 months, according to a secondary analysis of data from the Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration ...

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A new landmark survey of 89,000 acupuncture patients being treated for musculoskeletal pain has found that 93 per cent report their acupuncturist was successful in treating their primary complaint ...

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Tai chi and conventional neck exercises are equally effective in improving pain and quality of life in people suffering from chronic neck pain, reports an international group of authors ...

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A research team from the American National Institutes of Health has concluded that tai chi produces beneficial effects similar to those of a standard course of physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis ...

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Evidence identified by a systematic literature review by UK authors suggests that acupuncture represents a cost-effective non-pharmacological treatment option for low back pain ..

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Acupuncture combined with rehabilitation treatment appears to be effective for treating post-stroke shoulder pain ...

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Japanese researchers report that acupuncture may be an effective treatment for trigger finger ...

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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 Cochrane database systematic review has concluded that there is moderate-quality evidence supporting acupuncture for the relief of neck pain ...

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Acupuncture can have a significant effect on pain and quality of life in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), according to a pilot case series carried out by Iranian researchers ...

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A feasibility study carried out in the UK suggests that acupuncture can add benefit to standard care (SC) for back pain in pregnancy ...

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A single session of auricular acupuncture (AA) can have an immediate effect on reducing pain intensity in individuals with low back 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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High-intensity electro-acupuncture (EA) is more effective than low-intensity EA at alleviating the clinical symptoms of knee osteoarthritis (KOA) patients ...

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Acupuncture may be useful to patients suffering from neck and shoulder pain following surgical treatment for cervical lymphatic metastases ...

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A Taiwanese study supports cupping therapy (CT) as an effective treatment for chronic neck and shoulder pain (NSP) ...

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Chinese clinicians have demonstrated beneficial effects of contralateral acupuncture for the treatment of chronic shoulder pain, both in terms of pain and function ...

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Acupuncture can result in clinically significant results for the treatment of shoulder impingement syndrome ...

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A pilot prospective cohort study from China suggests that acupuncture may be a useful adjunctive treatment for reducing blood pressure (BP) in women with preeclampsia ...

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Auricular acupuncture (AA) has an immediate effect on the electromyographic (EMG) activity of the upper trapezius muscle in patients with nonspecific neck pain (NS-NP) ...

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Adding ear acupuncture to conventional occlusal splint therapy can lead to rapid improvements in pain relief for patients with temporomandibular disorder (TMD) ...

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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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The authors of a Brazilian study have concluded that for temporomandibular disorders (TMD) involving joint components, local acupuncture is the most effective, while for TMD of muscular origin, distal needling are most effective

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Acupuncture is more effective than ibuprofen at resolving carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) symptoms ...

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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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A research team from China has investigated how acupuncture modulates brain networks in acute low ...back pain (ALBP)  subjects 

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Acupuncture combined with rehabilitation training can improve knee function parameters after arthroscopic meniscus repair, report Chinese authors ...

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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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Six-weeks of treatment with moxibustion seems to improve physical and mental quality of life in patients with chronic knee osteoarthritis (KOA).

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Acupuncture may be a useful adjunct to pharmacological pain management after total hip (THR) or total knee replacement (TKR) surgery ...

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A 12-week balance training program combining tai chi and strength training (TCST) can effectively improve balance and aerobic capacity in patients with end-stage osteoarthritis who are awaiting hip surgery ...

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Manual acupuncture is an effective means of short-term pain relief for the treatment of lateral epicondylalgia ...

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Pain intensity and cervical range of motion improves in women with myofascial pain who are treated with acupuncture ...

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

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A French study has found that treatment with acupuncture and moxibustion was not effective in correcting breech presentation in the third trimester of pregnancy

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Individualised acupuncture treatment conducted according to traditional Chinese medicine principles may improve post-laparoscopic shoulder pain (PLSP) when used in conjunction with conventional therapy ...

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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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Acupuncture can help control acute postoperative pain after total knee arthroplasty, according to Taiwanese investigators.

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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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Acupressure at distal acupuncture points associated with alleviating shoulder pain have specific beneficial effects on blood flow and oxygenation of the trapezius muscle as well as autonomic nervous activity, a research team from Japan has concluded...

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Australian researchers have conducted a study exploring the experience of acupuncture for people with chronic low back pain...

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