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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.

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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Needle retention time does not affect the perceived benefits of acupuncture for oncology patients, according to research carried out in Australia ...

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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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Transcutaneous electrical acupuncture stimulation can reduce anxiety, promote rehabilitation and increase quality of life in lung cancer patients receiving palliative care ...

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One of the largest randomised controlled trials on acupuncture for insomnia has found it to be effective and safe ..

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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 research team has found acupuncture to be as effective as nicotine replacement therapy ...

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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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Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation may help improve IVF outcomes, according to a study by Chinese and British researchers ...

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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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An update of the landmark 2012 study by the international Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration reinforces the evidence that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain and that its benefits cannot be explained solely in terms of placebo effects ...

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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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Chinese authors have concluded that electro-acupuncture is more effective than medication for improving the symptoms of functional constipation ...

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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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The analgesic effects of auricular acupuncture may be explained by stimulation of the auricular branch of the vagal nerve ...

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Electro-acupuncture at Zusanli ST-36 can affect oesophageal motility, report Brazilian investigators ...

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Feiwei granules can improve lung function in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, according to Chinese research ...

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Acupuncture is an effective and safe treatment for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease according a systematic review by authors from the USA and China ...

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Current evidence is suggestive of a benefit for acupuncture for the prevention of cardiac arrhythmias, conclude Chinese researchers ...

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A systematic review by Taiwanese authors has found that acupuncture is as effectivevas hormone therapy for alleviating the general symptoms of menopause in breast cancer patients undergoing hormone therapy ...

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Acupuncture may help improve the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome, but the current quality of evidence is poor, concludes a systematic review from Korea ...

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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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Ear acupuncture improves quality of life and helps maintain positive outcomes in substance abuse treatment, report American investigators ...

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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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Electro-acupuncture (EA) applied to the trigeminal nerve area can reduce heart rate (HR), and increase parasympathetic nervous activity and cerebral blood flow ...

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Acupuncture may help restore impaired homeostasis of the trigeminovascular pain pathway in migraines ...

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An Israeli research team has found that acupuncture may be able to help clear persistent warts by creating an anti-inflammatory immune response ...

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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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Acupressure is effective for decreasing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), Iranian researchers have found ...

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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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A relief band that applies transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) at Neiguan P-6 is more effective at relieving post-operative nausea and vomiting than a wristband that applies acupressure ...

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Adding acupressure to conventional treatment can significantly reduce menopausal symptoms, report Iranian researchers ...

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Dysmenorrhoea patients that experience a ‘deqi’ needling sensation demonstrate larger reductions in pain relative to those who do not, according to a Chinese study ...

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

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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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The Acupuncture Now Foundation (a non-profit organisation dedicated to educating the public, healthcare providers and health policymakers about acupuncture) has submitted an extensive document to the Food and Drug Administration  ...

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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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Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of obesity, concludes a Chinese systematic review ...

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Acupuncture may be a useful adjunctive treatment for reducing fatigue in palliative cancer care, report Chinese investigators ...

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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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Investigators from Australia and New Zealand report that acupuncture treatment can reduce menstrual pain intensity, and that its effects can still be felt one year later ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can help ease stress urinary incontinence in women, suggests a study from China ...

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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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Acupuncture can repair stroke-related loss of functional connectivity between the brain’s bilateral primary motor cortices ...

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Acupuncture shows beneficial effects in peripheral neuropathy, according to the American authors of a systematic review ...

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A joint study by UK and Chinese researchers showed that acupuncture is potentially effective in reducing alcohol craving and withdrawal symptoms ...

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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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Electro-acupuncture combined with routine care can reduce spasticity and improve function following stroke, concludes a systematic review from China ...

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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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