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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.

Electro-acupuncture at Zusanli ST-36 is associated with an increase in natural-killer (NK) cell percentages in peripheral blood, along with a reduction in tumor size, in patients with cervical cancer ...

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Electro-acupuncture may improve symptoms of anxiety and depression in patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome ...

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Acupressure can decrease heart rate and blood pressure in patients with atrial fibrillation ...

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Electro-acupuncture may be helpful in treating fatigue in patients with inflammatory bowel disease ...

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Chinese researchers have found that acupuncture can improve lower limb spasticity and motor function in stroke patients ...

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A brief standardised acupuncture treatment can produce a fast and clinically relevant reduction in menopausal symptoms ...

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Acupuncture at Neiguan P-6 combined with amiodarone therapy appears to be superior to amiodarone alone in preventing early recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after catheter ablation in patients with persistent AF ...

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Acupuncture is effective for treating chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in cancer patients ...

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Transcutaneous electrical acupuncture stimulation significantly improves the pregnancy outcomes of women experiencing recurrent implantation failure while undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) ...

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Combining acupuncture with tuina can significantly increase its therapeutic effect in migraine treatment ...

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Smoke generated during moxibustion does not affect the efficacy of acupuncture treatment in knee osteoarthritis ...

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Acupuncture produces meaningful, durable improvement cancer survivors’ insomnia, according to an American research team ...

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Pregnant women with pelvic girdle and low back pain treated with acupuncture in addition to routine care report less pain and disability than those who receive routine care alone ...

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Two weeks of ear acupuncture significantly reduces lumbar and pelvic pain and reduces functional disability in pregnant women ...

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Strong electro-acupuncture is better than weak or sham EA at alleviating pain intensity and inhibiting chronic pain in knee osteoarthritis patients ...

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Both manual and electro-acupuncture show beneficial effects when added to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in patients with moderate to severe depression ...

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Electro-acupuncture can improve bowel movements in women with severe functional constipation ...

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Acupuncture is a feasible and beneficial non­-pharmacological option for treating pain in the emergency department ...

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Tuina is effective for alleviating post-stroke spasticity within three months of stroke onset ...

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Modified Si Ni Tang (Frigid Extremities Decoction) can protect liver function and improve the survival rates of patients with hepatitis B virus related acute-on-chronic liver failure ...

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Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang can reduce diarrhoea in patients with irritable bowel syndrome ...

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Training in acupuncture has the potential to prevent burnout among family physicians, and simultaneously increase patient safety ...

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Tai chi may alleviate depression in the elderly by modulating the autonomous nervous system, reports a Chinese research team ...

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Japanese investigators have concluded that the chinese herb Qing Dai (Indigo naturalis) is an effective treatment for patients with active ulcerative colitis ...

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The Chinese herb Qing Dai (Indigo naturalis) is clinically effective for the treatment of psoriasis, and works by reducing levels of a pro-inflammatory cytokine in affected skin. ...

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A special issue of the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine has collected nine papers concerning the relationship between acupuncture therapies and neuroplasticity ...

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American authors have identified the most common reasons that people seek acupuncture in the USA ...

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Auriculotherapy appears to be more effective than antihistamines for the treatment of chronic spontaneous urticaria ...

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Chinese researchers have used metabolomic analysis to differentiate between the effects of active and inactive acupoints in treating hypertension ...

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Four studies which present opportunities to reconcile Chinese medicine theories with Western biomedicine are described in a review article by US authors ...

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Chinese authors have reviewed brain imaging evidence that explains the effects of acupuncture on Alzheimer's disease ...

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A systematic review by Australian and American authors suggests that acupressure is an active ingredient in Emotional Freedom Techniques ...

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Acupuncture can help improve insulin resistance, according to a systematic review from China ...

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Australian authors examining the effect of complementary therapies on antenatal depression have found evidence of benefit from acupuncture, massage and bright light therapy ...

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Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have benefits equal to, or greater than antidepressants for postpartum depression ...

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Acupuncture interventions may have a positive effect in patients with rheumatoid arthritis according to Portuguese researchers ... 

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The complementary therapies with the most robust evidence of efficacy for treatment of psoriasis include the Chinese herbal medicine Qing Dai (indigo naturalis) and acupuncture ...

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American authors have reviewed the mechanisms of action of acupuncture that benefit patients with inflammatory bowel disease ...

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A review from China explains that electro-acupuncture treatment following ischaemic brain injury may produce neuroregenerative or neuroprotective effects via a series of molecular signalling pathways ...

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Daily caffeine consumption may not affect acupuncture’s analgesic effects in humans, according to a study by American researchers ...

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British authors have found statistical evidence for an improvement in the quality of reporting of acupuncture trials since the publication of the STRICTA and CONSORT guidelines ...

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A meta-analysis by Korean authors has concluded that cupping therapy can reduce neck pain ...

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A Cochrane Database systematic review has concluded that moxibustion may help to reduce the haematological and gastrointestinal toxicity of chemotherapy or radiotherapy, and thereby improve the quality of life in people receiving cancer treatment ...

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Chinese authors have concluded that the effect of acupuncture on the success rate of assisted reproduction therapy (ART) remains unclear, based on their review of 11 systematic reviews ...

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Acupuncture exhibits efficacy both in the treatment and prevention of migraines, concludes a systematic review from China ...

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A review of systematic reviews carried out by researchers from Portugal has concluded that auriculotherapy is backed up by enough scientific evidence to be indicated as an adjunctive treatment for chronic pain ...

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A network meta analysis  comparing treatments for hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) suggests that acupuncture, acupressure and methylprednisolone have better therapeutic benefits than standard care ...

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A network network meta-analysis by a Chinese research group has compared the effects of different acupuncture methods on pain, stiffness and physical function for knee osteoarthritis ...

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Acupuncture is more efficacious than NSAIDs in reducing primary dysmenorrhoea ...

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Acupuncture was used to reduce musculoskeletal pain and enhance quality of life for members of an Antarctic expedition team ...

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Acupuncture as an add-on therapy increases the effectiveness of sublingual allergen-specific immunotherapy for patients with allergic rhinitis ...

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Korean investigators have found that treatment aimed at removing blood stasis can help improve the pain of patients with traumatic injury, by enhancing peripheral blood flow ...

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Acupuncture can improve cancer-related pain and other symptoms ...

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Both superficial and traditional acupuncture show immediate effects on reducing pain caused by trigger points in the upper trapezius muscle, report Taiwanese researchers ...

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Acupuncture has a comparable effect to physical therapy (PT) on pain and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome ...

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A pilot study carried out in Korea suggests that moxibustion can lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension ...

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A Chinese pilot study suggests that Chinese herbal medicine can reduce dermatological side effects due to treatment with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors for lung cancer ...

 

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Chinese herbal medicine can reduce the risk of stroke in patients with Parkinson’s disease, according to a large study carried out in Taiwan ...

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Scalp acupuncture in combination with cognitive training can improve cognitive function in patients with cerebral injury better than cognitive rehabilitation alone ...

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Electro-acupuncture can improve cerebral vasospasm and patient outcomes after aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage ...

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Acupuncture and moxibustion can help improve myopia in children, suggests a pilot study from China ...

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Auricular acupressure appears to improve the efficacy of treatment for nail biting in children by reducing th...eir anxiety. 

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Acupressure applied to Neiguan P-6 via a wristband is effective at preventing nausea and vomiting, and provides a viable alternative to drugs after gynaecological surgery ...

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A small study carried out in Korea provides preliminary data on the efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of atopic dermatitis  ...

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Acupuncture is effective for reducing pain and disability in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis of the hand, conclude a team of European investigators ...

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Brazilian investigators have found that auricular acupuncture can reduce disability in people with chronic spinal pain ...

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Auricular acupuncture may be a useful adjunct for pain management during first trimester abortion ...

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Three new studies demonstrate how effective battlefield acupuncture is for acute and chronic pain ...

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Children receiving acupuncture plus antiemetic therapy have less risk of developing postoperative nausea and vomiting following tonsillectomy, according to a US study ...

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Korean researchers have found that taking anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs does not increase the risk of bleeding after acupuncture treatment. ...

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Acupuncture reduces the time to discharge following anaesthesia and gynaecological laparoscopy, reports a research team based in Switzerland and Germany ...

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A large randomised trial carried out in China has shown that electro-acupuncture (EA) is as effective as usual medical care for the treatment of women with urinary incontinence ...

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Acupuncture has similar effects to drug therapy for acne, according to a Chinese systematic review ...

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Acupuncture can assist recovery following surgery for colorectal cancer ...

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Acupuncture appears to reduce the mechanosensitivity of peripheral nerves, Portuguese scientists report ...

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Local needling is crucial for the successful treatment of peripheral neuropathy, conclude American authors ...

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A systematic review from China has found evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture at Tiaokou ST-38 in treating adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder ...

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Acupuncture ranks as one of the best non-pharmacological treatments for functional chronic constipation, according to a network meta-analysis carried out by Chinese authors ...

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Acupuncture can improve symptoms and quality of life for children with cerebral palsy ...

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Scalp acupuncture may be an effective treatment for alleviating the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), conclude investigators from Hong Kong ...

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A Cochrane Database systematic review has concluded that acupuncture and acupressure may improve both physical and psychological symptoms of PMS ...

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Acupuncture can improve symptoms and quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ...

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Chinese investigators have concluded that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for obesity, based on a systematic review of 21 studies with 1389 participants ...

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Korean authors report that acupuncture can effectively reduce menstrual pain ...

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Moxibustion may be an effective treatment for overactive bladder, according to Korean researchers ...

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Acupuncture can improve the effect of drug treatment for chronic headache, according to research carried out in Brazil ...

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The Italian authors of a Cochrane Database systematic review have found that acupuncture is the most effective non-pharmacological treatment for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome ...

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A large matched cohort study from Korea suggests that undergoing acupuncture treatment is associated with lower lumbar surgery rates for low back pain patients ...

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A Korean pilot study suggests that acupuncture results in clinically meaningful improvements for patients with functional constipation ...

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Electro-acupuncture enhances the muscle-building effects of oral essential amino acids in older males ...

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Acupuncture shows preliminary evidence of effectiveness in reducing the incidence of progression to high grade chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, in women undergoing breast cancer treatment ...

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Acupuncture can improve tremor in Parkinson's disease patients by affecting the brain’s cerebrocerebellar pathways ...

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Real acupuncture produces specific changes to brain activity compared with sham acupuncture in patients with Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment  ...

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Acupuncture offers significant analgesic effects for pregnant women with low back pain, according to Brazilian researchers ...

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Chinese researchers have found that electro-acupuncture can be used to assist medical pregnancy termination ...

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Blood flow to the eyes can be improved by acupuncture in patients with open-angle glaucoma  ...

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Both electro-acupuncture and moxibustion can significantly improve symptoms in constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome patients ...

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Acupuncture shows long-lasting, clinically significant benefits compared with sham in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome ...

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Electro-acupuncture helps to improve psychiatric symptoms in methamphetamine  addicts during abstinence, and to support their rehabilitation ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) is effective in alleviating postoperative pain in patients who have undergone haemorrhoid removal surgery ...

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