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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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Tai chi can reduce stress levels in healthy individuals ...

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Use of Chinese herbal medicines can help reduce the risk of developing dementia in migraine patients ...

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Acupuncture could provide valuable support for women with antenatal depression, report Australian researchers ...

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A team of Chinese investigators has found that acupuncture can improve mood and sleep quality in patients with depression ...

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An American group has found that acupuncture can significantly and persistently reduce stress in university students and staff ...

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Acupuncture could be a viable alternative to medication for treating depression-related insomnia, report the authors of a meta-analysis from China ...

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Acupuncture reduces pre-operative anxiety levels in patients awaiting neurosurgery, according to a British research team ...

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

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Tai chi qigong may be useful for improving sleep quality in older adults with cognitive impairment ...

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Tai chi can significantly improve cognitive function and fall risk in older adults with mild cognitive impairment ...

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Tai chi may be an effective non-pharmaceutical means of improving anxiety and poor sleep quality in young adults ...

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Acupuncture may enhance the effect of antidepressant drugs by improving connectivity in brain networks involved in emotional processing and stress ...

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Acupuncture can improve sexual function in women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, a small American study suggests ...

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A community-based integrated intervention consisting of social skills training plus tai chi can help the rehabilitation of patients with schizophrenia ...

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The emotional stress that causes chest pains and breathlessness can occur in moments of joy as well as anger, grief and fear, a Swiss study suggests ...

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Chinese herbal medicines (CHM) may benefit those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition that is prodromal to the development of dementia ...

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A neuroimaging study from China suggests that electro-acupuncture (EA) at Baihui DU-20, a point traditionally used to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders, may change abnormal default mode network (DMN) connectivity in patients with depression ...

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Auricular acupuncture (AA) can decrease pre-competition anxiety in adolescent athletes, Iranian authors report ...

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Chinese researchers have found that electro-acupuncture (EA) can improve cognitive function in patients with schizophrenia ...

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 Auricular acupuncture (AA) is as effective as progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) in treating anxiety and depression, according to German research ...

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Auricular acupuncture (AA) can help reduce pre-exam anxiety in medical students, according to a German pilot study ...

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Adding acupuncture to routine care can improve cognitive status and daily living of patients with vascular dementia (VaD) ...

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Acupuncture can accelerate the onset of the effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in patients with depression and can reduce drug side-effects ...

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Adding the herbal formula Yue Ju Wan (YJW) to the drug fluoxetine can significantly speed up the onset of its antidepressant effects in patients with major depressive disorder ...

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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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A pilot study from Japan shows that acupuncture can significantly improve depression and autonomic function in patients with medication-resistant depression ...

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Two Australian authors have produced guidelines for acupuncturists using acupuncture as an adjunct treatment for anorexia nervosa (AN) ...

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A systematic review from China suggests that acupuncture combined with antidepressant medication is effective, has an early onset of action and appears to result in greater therapeutic efficacy than selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) therapy alone ...

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A UK pilot study suggests that acupuncture may be a promising intervention for patients with chronic anxiety symptoms that have proven resistant to other forms of treatment ...

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American researchers have concluded that acupuncture can effectively treat the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ...

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Authors of a Korean meta-analysis have concluded that acupuncture therapy aimed at reducing preoperative anxiety has a statistically significant effect relative to placebo ...

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Limited evidence suggests that acupuncture may have antipsychotic effects, according to a Cochrane Database Systematic Review by Chinese authors ...

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Acupuncture is cost-effective compared with counselling or usual care alone for patients with depression, according to analysis of the results of a major UK trial ...

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A brief course of acupuncture is effective for reducing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in military veterans, according to a study carried out in the USA ...

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A study by a joint Chinese/Japanese research team suggests that long-term tai chi training may prevent depression. The cross-sectional survey included 529 Japanese tai chi practitioners. The authors conclude that long-term tai chi training and the

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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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Integrative treatment (IT) and therapeutic acupuncture (TA) result in more long term benefit than conventional treatment (CT) for alleviating psychological distress in primary care patients...

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Tai chi (TC) training helps improve attention in healthy young adults, according to American researchers...

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Results from a Korean systematic review and meta-analysis support the effectiveness of acupuncture and herbal medicine as a treatment for premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Eight acupunct

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Auricular acupuncture is an effective intervention for the relief of stress/anxiety amongst healthcare workers and supports their capacity for caring, suggests an American study.

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A pragmatic randomised controlled trial from the UK has found that acupuncture combined with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) provides significant benefits for patients with depression.

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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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Tai Chi can enhance cognitive function in older adults, particularly in the realm of executive functioning and in individuals without significant impairment, concludes a systematic review from the USA.

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A small Brazilian study suggests that acupuncture may be effective in treating the anxiety and depression associated with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

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A pilot study carried out in Korea had found that electro-acupuncture (EA) can improve post-stroke depression (PSD), and that the treatment effect varies depending on the degree of motor function impairment of the patient.

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Acupuncture can improve memory and reduce anxiety, according to a study from China. Ninety undergraduate university students were assessed for state and trait anxiety befor

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Adding either acupuncture or counselling to usual care can hasten improvement in patients with persistent depression according to a large UK-based study.

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Chinese scientists report that long-term tai chi practice can induce regional structural changes in practitioners

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Acupuncture has a potential role in treating the sexual side-effects of antidepressant medications, suggest researchers from Canada who carried out a pilot study.

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A small study from Hong Kong has found that acupuncture may improve sleep quality in elderly patients with dementia.

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) is as effective for depression as the drug fluoxetine, according to Chinese researchers. Seventy-five patients with depressive disorder (DD) were treated with either fluoxetine or acupuncture five times per week for si

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A US team reports that practising a combination of tai chi and yoga can reduce prenatal depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances in pregnant women.

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Researchers from the US have found that qigong practice can reduce depressive symptoms and improve quality of life in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer. Ninety-six women with breast cancer were randomised to a qigong group or a waitlist

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The evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is encouraging, conclude Korean authors.

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A Turkish research team has found that a single session of acupuncture at Yintang (M-HN-3) can reduce preoperative anxiety in adult surgical patients.

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A study by Chinese researchers indicates that acupuncture can accelerate the clinical response to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and prevent symptom aggravation in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). In a six-week r

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An fMRI study from China has found changes in brain activity following electro-acupuncture (EA) at acupoints Yintang N-NH-3 and Baihui DU-20, both of which are used in the treatment of psychiatric disorders.

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A pilot study from Hong Kong has provided preliminary evidence for the hypotheses that the anti-depressive effect of qigong exercise is due to improvement in psychosocial functioning and down-regulation of hyperactivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

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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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A small Taiwanese study suggests that acupuncture could be used as an alternative to zolpidem (Ambien) for the treatment of insomnia.

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A study of Chinese earthquake victims suggests that electro-acupuncture (EA) is more effective than paroxetine for treating the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Research carried out in China has found that both manual and electro-acupuncture can improve quality of life for depressed patients undergoing treatment with the antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil).

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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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A pilot study carried out in the USA has found acupuncture monotherapy to be safe, well-tolerated and effective, in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Thirty outpatients with MDD received eight weeks of st

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A meta-analysis suggests that tai chi can help reduce symptoms of depression in older adults. Authors from the USA and China analysed four trials with a total of 253 participants. Compared with wait

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A qualitative study has explored the experiences of women receiving acupuncture for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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Acupuncture can reduce anxiety symptoms in women undergoing IVF, according to a team of Brazilian researchers.

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A novel acupuncture treatment strategy called dense cranial electro-acupuncture stimulation (DCEAS) has been shown to enhance anti-depressant efficacy in the early phase of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD).

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A US team has found that the use of tai chi alongside drug therapy may provide additional improvements in clinical outcomes in the treatment of geriatric depression.

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A programme of qigong massage for young autistic children can provide an effective early intervention for autism that is suitable for delivery at home.

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Two systematic reviews have examined the use of acupuncture for autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

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Self-administered acupuncture can reduce the frequency of self-injury and reduce emotional distress for patients who regularly engage in deliberate self-harm (DSH).

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Chinese doctors have published a study describing the successful use of a modified form of Xiao Yao San (Free and Easy Wanderer) to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in survivors of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

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An Austrian research group has shown that auricular acupuncture can be used to effectively reduce anxiety in patients awaiting dental treatment.

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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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Treatment with the Chinese herbal formula Fuzhisan (FZS) may have a positive effect on cognition, behavioral functions, and cerebral glucose metabolism in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD).

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An American study suggests that acupuncture may be an effective adjunct to medication in patients with depression who do not respond to anti-depressant medication.

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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 UK study has shown that participating in a single tai chi class is associated with significant improvements in psychological wellbeing.

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Older adults who practice tai chi (TC) demonstrate better performance in cognitive tests than those who take part in conventional exercise or who do not exercise.

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Hong Kong researchers have found that tai chi (TC) may offer specific cognitive benefits in elderly people at risk of progressive cognitive decline.

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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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The analgesic benefits of acupuncture may be partially mediated through placebo effects related to the acupuncturist's behaviour, according to US researchers.

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Acupuncture shows potential for improving the quality of life of people with eating disorders, according to a pilot study carried out in Australia.

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Combining a weekly Tai Chi Chih (TCC) exercise class with standard depression treatment leads to greater improvement in depression symptoms for elderly adults

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Combining electro-acupuncture with behavioral therapy has a positive effect on reducing the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in pre-school children, according to a Chinese study. One hundred and eighty pre-school children w

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A short course of electro-acupuncture (EA) can improve specific functions in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), especially language comprehension and self-care ability. Fifty-five children with ASD were randomly assigned to an EA group or

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People who are prone to anxiety are more likely to develop asthma, according to German investigators. The team used a questionnaire to evaluate tendencies to hysteria, anxiety and depression in 4010 adults without asthma. When they reassessed partici

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A systematic review carried out by US researchers has found that tai chi appears to be associated with improvements in many aspects of psychological health. Forty studies totaling 3817 subjects were subjected to meta-analysis. The results showed that

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The Chinese herbal formula Geng Nian Le (GNL) can relieve the symptoms of perimenopausal depression and regulate women’s hormone levels. Chinese scientists randomised 47 women to either a GNL group or a control group that received tibolone (a sy

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A Chinese medical formula designed to regulate impulsiveness has measurable effects on brain regions involved in risk-taking decision making. The fMRI study carried out in Hong Kong examined the neural correlates of the observed improvement in risk-t

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Having acupuncture before dental treatment can reduce patients’ anxiety, according to Swedish authors. Eight dentists (all members of the British Dental Acupuncture Society) submitted case reports. Twenty patients, all in their 40s, had experien

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The beneficial effects of acupuncture on chronic insomniacs' sleep quality and daytime social functioning are associated with measurable changes to sleep architecture (the cyclical pattern of the stages of sleep). Forty-seven Chinese patients receive

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American researchers report that psychiatric comorbidity does not affect response to acupuncture treatment for chronic low back pain (CLBP), nor does it modify the effect of expectations on acupuncture response. In a controlled, blinded crossover

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Acupuncture is an effective treatment for depression during pregnancy, according to a new American study. A hundred and fifty pregnant women with a diagnosis of major depression were randomised to receive 12 sessions of acupuncture consisting of a

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In Hong Kong, investigators have attempted to unravel the clinical benefits and underlying psychophysiological mechanisms of qigong based on information from published RCTs. Their meta-analysis of 26 RCTs showed that qigong had positive effects on bl

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Spanish scientists have assessed the effects of qigong practice on serum cytokines, mood and subjective sleep quality. Experimental participants underwent a qigong training program for one month. Blood samples for the quantification of TNF-alpha and

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Researchers at the University of Arizona have tested the value of acupuncture in the treatment of depression. 38 women aged 18 to 45 and suffering from major depression were divided into three groups. One group received eight weeks of acupuncture

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A study carried out at Yale University School of Medicine into the use of ear acupuncture and anxiety has shown that whilst there was no significant physiological change after acupuncture, those treated bilaterally at the

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Autism is a complex developmental disability that normally appears within the first three years of life. It is estimated to occur in up to one in every 500 children, is more common in boys than girls, and can severely affect a child’s social int

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