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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.

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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Chinese researchers report that a combination treatment involving acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can improve prognosis for elderly patients with sepsis following acute gastrointestinal injury ...

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Acupuncture treatment can improve walking gait in patients with multiple sclerosis, report Portuguese investigators ...

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Five weeks of electro-acupuncture (EA) treatment improves markers of glucose regulation and androgen levels in overweight/obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome ...

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Information collected by two prominent acupuncture organisations has been analysed to produce an overview of acupuncturist workforce data for the the USA ...

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A large cohort study from Taiwan appears to confirm the association between the lungs and large intestine suggested by Chinese medical theory ...

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TCM diagnostic categories are correlated with different types of pain in women with vulvodynia, according to an exploratory study by researchers in the USA ...

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Analysis of tears following adjunctive acupuncture for menopausal dry eye shows that the treatment increases tear protein synthesis and secretion, and improves clinical symptoms ...

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Acupuncture improves renal function markers in patients with chronic kidney disease, according to research from Taiwan ...

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Patients with advanced gastric cancer experience a significant reduction in gastrointestinal symptoms induced by chemotherapy when treated with acupuncture ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can improve symptoms in patients with diabetic gastroparesis and can add benefit to pharmaceutical treatment in those with severe symptoms ...

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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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Researchers from Canada have found that both real and sham acupuncture improve symptoms in IBS patients ...

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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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A Chinese study suggests that moxibustion may be as effective as drugs for alleviating menstrual pain ...

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

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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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Radiotherapy patients who receive acupuncture need fewer anti-emetics and have better eating capacity than those receiving standard care ...

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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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Acupuncture can reduce crying in infants with colic, according to a Swedish study ...

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A study from China suggests that Jianpi Qingchang Decoction can be used to relieve symptoms in patients with ulcerative colitis ...

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A UK-based pilot study suggests that both individualised and standardised Chinese herbal medicines have similar clinical effects on promoting menstrual regularity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome ...

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

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Chinese investigators have found that acupuncture is associated with long-term reduction in migraine recurrence compared with sham or no treatment ...

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Adding acupuncture to routine asthma care is associated with increased disease-specific and health-related quality of life compared with routine care alone ...

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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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The latest issue of the Journal (number 114 June 2017) has now been published, packed full with our usual rich mix of clinical and theoretical articles ...

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American public health researchers have found an evidence-based tai chi programme to be a cost-effective intervention for preventing falls in seniors ...

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Tai chi may help slow down age-related decline in muscle strength, according to Chinese investigators ...

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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 improve factors associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in women ...

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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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Huang Qi (Radix Astragali, Astragalus) can help improve symptoms in patients suffering from post-stroke fatigue, according to a report from Taiwan ...

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Administration of Tangyiping Granules can help patients with impaired glucose tolerance achieve normal glucose tolerance and prevent them from conversion to type 2 diabetes mellitus ...

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Compared with tactile stimulation, acupuncture stimulation produces stronger de qi sensations and results in more widespread spatial patterns of sensation, including areas remote from the stimulus site ...

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Acupuncture at Taichong LIV-3 leads to decreases in systolic blood pressure, which can be correlated with increases in connectivity between areas of the brain related to emotional processing and blood pressure control ...

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Tongue characteristics indicative of blood stasis may be associated with vascular disorders in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus ...

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Stimulation of acupuncture points, both local to and distant from the trapezius muscle, can result in an increase in muscle strength ipsilateral and contralateral to the side of stimulation ...

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The type of control used is likely to affect the study conclusion in acupuncture trials, Chinese authors report ...

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Acupressure could have a role in reducing the rate of caesarean delivery and decreasing the duration of labour ...

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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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Intraoperative electro-acupuncture on anaesthetised patients can reduce postoperative use of analgesics and improve immune and stress responses to surgery ...

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Post-surgical acupuncture can reduce the severity of symptoms experienced, and improve the ability to cope with symptoms amongst women undergoing breast cancer surgery ...

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Moxibustion is better than acupuncture for improving symptoms in chronic fatigue syndrome patients ...

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Chinese clinicians have found gua sha therapy to be effective for relieving perimenopausal symptoms ...

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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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The effects of electro-acupuncture are comparable with those of the drug gabapentin for improving sleep disturbances among breast cancer survivors ...

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Acupuncture is associated with a significant reduction in sleep disturbances in menopausal women, conclude the authors of a systematic review from Taiwan ...

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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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A new exploratory study from the obstetric acupuncture specialist Debra Betts and her Australian co-authors suggests that acupuncture can reduce the physical and emotional symptoms of threatened miscarriage ...

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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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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 can be used as an adjunctive therapy to reduce dyspnoea in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) ...

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Individualised acupuncture treatment can relieve the symptoms of functional dyspepsia, according to investigators from Korea ...

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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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Acupuncture may be useful as an add-on to conventional pharmacological treatment for improving the clinical outcomes of patients with mild cognitive impairment following a stroke ...

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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 frequency of hot flushes, and other menopausal vasomotor symptoms (VMS), can be reduced by almost half for about 50 per cent of women with eight weeks of acupuncture treatment, according to American researchers ...

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Eight weeks of electro-acupuncture (EA) treatment can increase the frequency of bowel movements in people suffering from chronic constipation ...

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A Chinese herbal medicine, Zhengtian Capsule (ZTC), was found to be as good as the drug flunarizine for reducing the frequency of migraine attacks in a Chinese clinical study ...

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Adding Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) to conventional treatment can improve clinical outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) after heart surgery ...

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Acupressure may be effective for reducing labour pain, reports an Iranian research team ...

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An integrative medicine programme that includes acupressure can significantly reduce epidural use and caesarean section rates when added to usual antenatal care ...

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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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Tai chi has additional psychological benefits for patients with heart failure (HF) compared with a heart health education programme ...

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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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Practising tai chi consumes a smaller amount of energy, but has similar health benefits to brisk walking ...

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A Cochrane Database systematic review has concluded that very low to moderate quality evidence suggests that tai chi can lead to better lung function in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) ...

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A group of American authors has created an evidence map of the effect of tai chi on various health outcomes, based on a systematic review of 107 systematic reviews ...

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Chinese herbal medicine may be effective for treating metabolic syndrome according to a systematic review by Korean authors ...

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Chinese research suggests that Xiang Bin granules (XB) can effectively promote the recovery of gastrointestinal function after gynaecological surgery ...

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Combining the herbal medicine Weng Li Tong with the drug tolterodine (an anti-cholinergic agent) may be more effective than drug treatment alone for treating overactive bladder in women ...

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Abnormal functional connectivity (FC) in the brain due to Bell’s Palsy (BP) can be reduced by acupuncture, report Chinese investigators ...

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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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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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