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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.

Ear acupuncture can reduce disability and increase tissue temperature in people with chronic spinal pain ...

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A combination of acupuncture and auricular acupressure has a better therapeutic effect on chloasma than treatment with vitamins C and E. ...

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Acupuncture provides additional benefit in dry eye treatment compared with artificial tears, and is associated with evidence of reduced inflammation ...

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Moxa treatment improves the effect of standard drug therapy for patients with tuberculosis ...

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Postmenopausal women with breast cancer who experience arthralgia due to aromatase inhibitor drugs may benefit from acupuncture ...

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Chinese researchers have found that eight weeks of electro-acupuncture (EA) treatment does not seem to relieve menopause symptoms, even though it appears to improve women’s quality of life ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) treatment is more effective than drug treatment in relieving depression and improving quality of life in perimenopause ...

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Indian researchers report that acupressure can be successfully used to reduce dental anxiety in children ...

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Acupuncture applied at term may be effective in reducing the rate of labour induction performed for post-dates pregnancy ...

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A large trial carried out in New Zealand does not support the use of acupuncture to improve birth outcomes among women undergoing IVF ...

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Community-style acupuncture can reduce the negative impact of common fibromyalgia symptoms, American authors report ...

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Acupressure can increase the aerobic performance of young healthy males by more than 10%, according to research from Turkey ...

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A pilot study carried out in Canada suggests that acupuncture may be useful in the treatment of paediatric anxiety ...

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Pregnant women experience positive subjective effects from prenatal acupuncture, despite a lack of objective influence on labour duration and pain ...

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American investigators have found that most people who use acupuncture do not receive a full course of treatment ...

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Breast cancer survivors have similar rates of preference for acupuncture versus medication for pain management ...

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Microsystem acupuncture can reduce pain intensity in temporomandibular disorder  ...

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Single-point acupuncture can lead to significant short-term improvements in urinary incontinence ...

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Acupuncture at Zhiyin BL-67 may alleviate symptoms of postpartum depression ...

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Battlefield acupuncture (BFA) is feasible as a therapy for acute low back pain in the emergency department ...

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Acupuncture and acupressure could be a safe alternative intervention for preventing menstrual migraine ...

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The clinical effects and brain mechanisms involved differ between stimulation given at the contralateral and ipsilateral Tiaokou ST-38 point in patients with unilateral chronic shoulder pain  ...

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Acupuncture can improve vascular stiffness and haemodynamic parameters in hypertensive individuals ...

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Scalp acupuncture can improve walking in stroke patients, according to a clinical study from China ...

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Clinicians based in Singapore have found that both real and sham acupuncture are equally effective in improving fatigue in patients with Parkinson's disease ...

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An international team of researchers has used ‘phantom acupuncture’ - a novel form of sham acupuncture ...

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An American study of acupuncture for chronic pain has explored the patient experience in group and individual treatment settings for the first time ...

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A study carried out in the USA has explored the central brain mechanisms by which expectation modulates the analgesic effects of verum and sham acupuncture treatment in chronic pain patients ...

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Cancer pain can be alleviated with electro-acupuncture, although the onset of pain relief is slow compared to drug therapy ...

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Scalp electro-acupuncture can be successfully used to reduce pain severity and disability in headache patients ...

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A Chinese research team has found that acupuncture at the sphenopalatine acupoint is effective for the treatment of persistent allergic rhinitis ...

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Acupuncture does not significantly improve upon conventional treatment for breast cancer survivors with persistent breast cancer-related lymphoedema ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can attenuate the inflammatory response in patients with bowel obstruction due to sepsis ...

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Acupuncture could be an alternative to catheterisation for the treatment of postpartum urinary retention, according to an Israeli research team ...

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Indian clinicians have found acupuncture to be effective for the management of dysmenorrhoea ...

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Acupuncture is significantly more effective than physical exercise or medication for improving physical function in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis ...

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German clinicians have determined that adding cupping to analgesic medication can reduce lower back pain more effectively than medication alone ...

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Acupuncture provides clinically meaningful symptom reduction for pregnant women suffering from low back and pelvic pain ...

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An umbrella systematic review (a ‘review of reviews’), which assessed the effectiveness of acupuncture for menopause symptoms, has concluded that current evidence from RCTs supports its use ...

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Chinese authors have produced a systematic review that offers an overview of the influence of acupuncture on functional connectivity networks in the brain ...

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A network meta-analysis performed by Chinese authors has shown that acupuncture improves the symptoms of chronic constipation more effectively than drugs ...

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A systematic review from China indicates that acupuncture could be an effective therapy for treating osteoporosis ...

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A Cochrane database systematic review assessing acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation has concluded that its effects in reducing death or improving neurological and movement scores, as reported in trials comparing acupuncture with any control, were not seen in trials comparing acupuncture with sham acupuncture ...

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A systematic review of non-pharmacological interventions for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome suggests that acupuncture can be effective ...

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A Chinese systematic review has shown positive results for acupuncture in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation ...

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A Cochrane database systematic review has concluded that acupuncture may result in a moderate reduction in the severity of depression when compared with treatment as usual or no treatment ...

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Acupuncture could be an effective and safe treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder ...

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A systematic review carried out in Portugal concludes that there is good scientific evidence encouraging the use of acupuncture therapy to treat anxiety disorders ...

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Acupuncture can help in the treatment overactive bladder (OAB) conclude the authors of a systematic review from China ...

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Acupuncture can reduce the duration of postoperative ileus (POI) and enhance bowel function in cancer patients after surgery. ...

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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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Acupressure at Sanyinjiao SP-6 is an effective method to decrease maternal anxiety and analgesic consumption during labour ...

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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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Combining acupuncture with physical therapy can improve pain and rehabilitation significantly for patients with post-stroke shoulder-hand syndrome 

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Chinese researchers have found that acupuncture can improve symptoms in patients with functional dyspepsia ...

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Acupuncture is as effective as drug therapy for the treatment of chronic functional constipation (CFC), according to a large Chinese study 

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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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Iranian investigators have found that acupuncture can reduce the severity of tinnitus ...

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Seasonal allergic rhinitis patients who have acupuncture treatment can significantly reduce their antihistamine use while improving their symptoms, according to a German trial ...

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The Chinese herbal formula Wen Dan Tang may be helpful for people with schizophrenia, according to a Cochrane Database systematic review by Chinese authors ...

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The Chinese herbal medicine Yu Ping Feng San may be beneficial for allergic rhinitis ...

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Adding Fu Zheng Qu Zhuo oral liquidcto standard therapies can help prevent the progression of chronic kidney disease ...

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A large cohort study from Taiwan suggests that having acupuncture lowers the risk of depression following stroke ...

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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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Low level evidence from RCTs currently supports acupuncture as an effective treatment for menopausal symptoms, conclude Chinese systematic review authors ...

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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 is effective for the management of cancer-related fatigue, particularly for those with breast cancer and those undergoing anti-cancer treatment ...

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A prospective literature review by American authors suggests that qigong exercise shows promising results for treating various aspects of type 2 diabetes mellitus ...

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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 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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Swiss clinicians have found that acupuncture can improve visual function and quality of life for nystagmus patients ...

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A small case series by an American author suggests that a standardised acupuncture protocol may be effective for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy ...

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Acupuncture may hold promise as a safe and useful adjunctive treatment for patients with Parkinson's disease ...

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A small qualitative study of older adults with multimorbidity, carried out in the USA has found that they value acupuncture treatment as a way to reduce medication use, as well as a means to maintain physical and mental health ...

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A systematic review carried out in China suggests that patent herbal medicines may be effective for stroke recovery ...

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Moist Exposed Burn Ointment, a Chinese herbal product, is effective for improving healing  of pressure ulcers ...

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A pilot study carried out in Iran has found that acupuncture can improve visual function in patients with retinitis-pigmentosa ...

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Self-administered acupressure has potential as a low-cost alternative treatment for insomnia, suggests a pilot study carried out in Hong Kong ...

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

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Acupuncture treatment may be effective for women with chronic pelvic pain secondary to abdominal myofascial pain syndrome ...

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An integrative rehabilitation programme that includes acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine alongside conventional care can improve stroke outcomes, according to a Chinese research team ...

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A review of the role of nitric oxide signalling at acupuncture points outlines its important contributions to the specificity of the points themselves and the techniques used to stimulate them ...

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A review by Taiwanese authors provides evidence that five different mechanisms are involved in the beneficial effects of acupuncture on ischaemic stroke rehabilitation ...

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Needling the acupoint Tongli HE-5 on the right forearm results in activation of bilateral language-related areas in the brain, according to Chinese investigators 

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A Cochrane Database Systematic review has found that using acupuncture for induction of labour does not reduce caesarean section rate, but may increase the readiness of the cervix for labour ...

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A Chinese research team has found that acupuncture can improve blood pressure and markers of metabolic dysfunction in patients with metabolic syndrome ...

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Needling at Zhongwan REN-12 can help reduce blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus ...

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Acupuncture can be used to prevent escalation of symptoms experienced by patients undergoing autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation ...

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Chinese researchers have shown that electro-acupuncture and moxibustion treatment result in similar improvements in clinical outcomes, but different changes in brain connectivity in Crohn's disease patients ...

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Adding acupuncture to a low dose of gabapentin is clinically useful for controlling the symptoms of restless legs syndrome ...

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Chinese investigators have found that acupuncture can contribute to a clinically relevant improvement in perimenopausal insomnia ...

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

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Acupuncture is more effective for treating chronic migraine and causes fewer side effects than either botox or drugs, report Iranian researchers ...

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