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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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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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The tide in mainstream American healthcare delivery appears to be turning towards a more integrative model, with greater inclusion of therapies formerly considered ‘complementary and alternative’ ...

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Acupuncture is effective in improving the symptoms of sleep apnoea, according to a Chinese systematic review ...

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Acupuncture seems to be an effective therapy for hot flushes experienced by women with breast cancer ...

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The herbal formula Jiawei Di Tan Tang (JDTT) can prevent inflammation and oxidative stress in obstructive sleep apnoea hypopnoea syndrome ...

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Scientists in China have found differences in microflora when comparing the tongues of patients with yellow tongue coating (YTC) with those of healthy volunteers and patients who had been treated with herbs ...

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Australian and Chinese authors reviewing the evidence for acupuncture for insomnia have concluded that it is superior to both placebo and drug therapy. A total of 30 studies (2363) participants were included in their systematic revi

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) may improve reproductive hormone levels in patients with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR), according to preliminary research from China ...

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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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Taking a herbal decoction of Kuan-Sin-Yin (KSY) improves liver function and lipid metabolism in patients with chronic hepatitis C ...

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Chinese scientists have found evidence that combinations of acupuncture points have a synergistic effect by analysing how different brain regions are activated after acupuncture ...

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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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Japanese researchers report that acupuncture may be an effective treatment for trigger finger ...

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Findings from a systematic literature review support acupuncture's capacity to alter pain-related functional connectivity in the brains of patients with musculoskeletal pain ...

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A Brazilian pilot study suggests that acupuncture can improve symptoms and quality of life in patients with faecal incontinence ...

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Cochrane database authors have concluded that acupuncture has beneficial effects for people recovering from stroke ...

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A Cochrane database systematic review has concluded that there is moderate-quality evidence supporting acupuncture for the relief of neck pain ...

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Acupuncture may be effective at reducing symptom intensity in people suffering from burning mouth syndrome ...

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Auricular acupuncture (AA) may be useful in the treatment of paediatric migraines in the emergency department ...

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A herbal formula, Shuanghuang Shengbai Granule (SSG), improves symptoms and prevents bone marrow suppression in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy ...

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A systematic review by Australian and Chinese authors suggests that Chinese herbal medicines combined with routine drug treatment may improve asthma outcomes more than pharmacotherapies alone ...

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Acupuncture can have a significant effect on pain and quality of life in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), according to a pilot case series carried out by Iranian researchers ...

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Preliminary Chinese research suggests that combining acupuncture with metformin treatment may be more effective than metformin alone for improving weight loss and insulin sensitivity in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus ...

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Both auricular acupuncture (AA) and traditional Chinese acupuncture (TCA) can improve headache-related quality of life in military service members with traumatic brain injury (TBI) ...

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

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Auricular acupuncture (AA) offers a safe and cheap method for treating hot flushes, especially in cancer-related menopausal transition ...

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Scalp electro-acupuncture can reduce tinnitus intensity and improve quality of life of individuals with tinnitus, according to a study from Brazil ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) may improve reproductive hormone levels in patients with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR), according to preliminary research from China ...

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A pilot pragmatic trial carried out in Australia suggests that acupuncture can halve the time taken for sub-fertile women to conceive ...

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

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A feasibility study carried out in the UK suggests that acupuncture can add benefit to standard care (SC) for back pain in pregnancy ...

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Singing in a choir can reduce stress, improve mood and boost levels of immune proteins in people affected by cancer, suggests a study carried out in Wales ...

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A UK study has found that group drumming produces significant changes in well-being, including improvements in depression, anxiety and social resilience ...

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