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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.

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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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“The criteria that NICE used to evaluate acupuncture for low back pain are not the same as those used for other physical therapies, and therefore the recommendations are founded on evidence-biased medicine rather than on evidence-based medicine.” Professor Hugh MacPherson of the University of York ...

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A single session of auricular acupuncture (AA) can have an immediate effect on reducing pain intensity in individuals with low back pain ...

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A retrospective chart review carried out by US doctors at a veterans hospital suggests that auricular acupuncture (AA) is effective in treating refractory pain conditions ...

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Acupuncture’s ability to improve the symptoms of allergic rhinitis may be due to modulation of the upper airway mucosal immune response to house dust mites ...

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 Auricular acupuncture (AA) is as effective as progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) in treating anxiety and depression, according to German research ...

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A UK group has found acupuncture alone or in combination with morphine to be effective for the relief of breathlessness in lung cancer patients ...

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Acupuncture is safe and has multiple beneficial effects in improving neurologic deficits for those who have recently suffered a stroke, concludes a Chinese research team ...

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A study carried out in a Tunisian hospital emergency department has found that, compared with morphine, acupuncture was associated with faster, more effective analgesia and was better tolerated ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) is equivalent to drug treatment for reducing stool frequency in patients with diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) and functional diarrhoea (FD) ...

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Tai chi should be considered as a viable therapy for chronic pain conditions, according to an international team of authors ...

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A meta-analysis published by Chinese authors suggests that tai chi and qigong can offer significant, wide-ranging benefits for people with cardiovascular disease ...

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Tai chi elicits changes in neurophysiological function from very early in the learning process and may exert some of its beneficial effects via improvement of sensorimotor processing and better integration of body awareness ...

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A study of tai chi for reducing pain-related symptoms in musculoskeletal conditions provides initial evidence that its benefits may partly be due to its effect on cognitive appraisal outcomes such as pain-catastrophising (the tendency to have a negative cognitive-affective response to anticipated or actual pain) ...

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Tai chi may reduce the incidence of falls more than conventional lower extremity training (LET) in the elderly, and its effects can last for at least one year ...

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Research into acupuncture has rippled out to inform wider areas of biomedical research, practice and policy ...

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Positive verbal communication between clinician and patient can increase patients’ expectations regarding the effects of acupuncture treatment, Swedish researchers have found ...

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Current evidence supports the use of acupuncture as an adjuvant therapy in treating post-operative pain, according to a systematic review from China ...

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Acupuncture is a promising therapy for relieving symptoms in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS), according to Chinese authors ...

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Acupuncture should be considered as a valid complementary therapy for asthma in adults, write the Chinese authors of a systematic review ...

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Four new studies demonstarte the power of acupuncture in helping cancer-related pain, hot flus=hes and other symptoms ...

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Acupuncture is associated with a significant reduction in symptoms in women experiencing menopause-related sleep disturbances, according to a systematic review from Taiwan   ..

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Brain connectivity, which is altered in patients with functional dyspepsia (FD), appears to become more like that of healthy controls following acupuncture treatment ...

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A study by Japanese investigators suggests that acupuncture changes the balance of activity in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of the brain toward left-dominant, resulting in anxiolytic relaxation effects ...

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Chinese clinicians treating patients following ischemic stroke have found evidence that cerebellar activation by deqi may be one of the mechanisms by which acupuncture exerts its beneficial effects ...

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