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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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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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A research team from China has found that auricular acupressure can improve the efficacy of habit reversal treatment for nail biting, possibly by reducing anxiety ...

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Acupuncture and hypnotherapy have an equivalent effect to analgesics for migraine treatment, according to a study carried out in Turkey ...

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Use of massage and acupuncture during haemodialysis may improve health-related quality of life among end stage renal disease patients ...

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Peri-operative auricular acupuncture was not found to reduce postoperative pain or opioid consumption in a study carried out by the American military ...

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Brazilian researchers have found that laser acupuncture can reduce blood pressure in patients with essential systemic arterial hypertension ...

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Electro-acupuncture should be recommended as a non-pharmacological treatment for pain reduction in painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy, according to the authors of a study carried out in Korea ...

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Ear acupuncture can reduce disability and increase tissue temperature in people with chronic spinal pain ...

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A combination of acupuncture and auricular acupressure has a better therapeutic effect on chloasma than treatment with vitamins C and E. ...

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Acupuncture provides additional benefit in dry eye treatment compared with artificial tears, and is associated with evidence of reduced inflammation ...

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Moxa treatment improves the effect of standard drug therapy for patients with tuberculosis ...

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Postmenopausal women with breast cancer who experience arthralgia due to aromatase inhibitor drugs may benefit from acupuncture ...

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Chinese researchers have found that eight weeks of electro-acupuncture (EA) treatment does not seem to relieve menopause symptoms, even though it appears to improve women’s quality of life ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) treatment is more effective than drug treatment in relieving depression and improving quality of life in perimenopause ...

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Indian researchers report that acupressure can be successfully used to reduce dental anxiety in children ...

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Acupuncture applied at term may be effective in reducing the rate of labour induction performed for post-dates pregnancy ...

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A large trial carried out in New Zealand does not support the use of acupuncture to improve birth outcomes among women undergoing IVF ...

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Community-style acupuncture can reduce the negative impact of common fibromyalgia symptoms, American authors report ...

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Acupressure can increase the aerobic performance of young healthy males by more than 10%, according to research from Turkey ...

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A pilot study carried out in Canada suggests that acupuncture may be useful in the treatment of paediatric anxiety ...

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Pregnant women experience positive subjective effects from prenatal acupuncture, despite a lack of objective influence on labour duration and pain ...

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American investigators have found that most people who use acupuncture do not receive a full course of treatment ...

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Breast cancer survivors have similar rates of preference for acupuncture versus medication for pain management ...

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Microsystem acupuncture can reduce pain intensity in temporomandibular disorder  ...

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Single-point acupuncture can lead to significant short-term improvements in urinary incontinence ...

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Acupuncture at Zhiyin BL-67 may alleviate symptoms of postpartum depression ...

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Battlefield acupuncture (BFA) is feasible as a therapy for acute low back pain in the emergency department ...

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Acupuncture and acupressure could be a safe alternative intervention for preventing menstrual migraine ...

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The clinical effects and brain mechanisms involved differ between stimulation given at the contralateral and ipsilateral Tiaokou ST-38 point in patients with unilateral chronic shoulder pain  ...

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Acupuncture can improve vascular stiffness and haemodynamic parameters in hypertensive individuals ...

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Scalp acupuncture can improve walking in stroke patients, according to a clinical study from China ...

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Clinicians based in Singapore have found that both real and sham acupuncture are equally effective in improving fatigue in patients with Parkinson's disease ...

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An international team of researchers has used ‘phantom acupuncture’ - a novel form of sham acupuncture ...

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An American study of acupuncture for chronic pain has explored the patient experience in group and individual treatment settings for the first time ...

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A study carried out in the USA has explored the central brain mechanisms by which expectation modulates the analgesic effects of verum and sham acupuncture treatment in chronic pain patients ...

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Cancer pain can be alleviated with electro-acupuncture, although the onset of pain relief is slow compared to drug therapy ...

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Scalp electro-acupuncture can be successfully used to reduce pain severity and disability in headache patients ...

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A Chinese research team has found that acupuncture at the sphenopalatine acupoint is effective for the treatment of persistent allergic rhinitis ...

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Acupuncture does not significantly improve upon conventional treatment for breast cancer survivors with persistent breast cancer-related lymphoedema ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can attenuate the inflammatory response in patients with bowel obstruction due to sepsis ...

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Acupuncture could be an alternative to catheterisation for the treatment of postpartum urinary retention, according to an Israeli research team ...

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Indian clinicians have found acupuncture to be effective for the management of dysmenorrhoea ...

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Acupuncture is significantly more effective than physical exercise or medication for improving physical function in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis ...

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German clinicians have determined that adding cupping to analgesic medication can reduce lower back pain more effectively than medication alone ...

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Acupuncture provides clinically meaningful symptom reduction for pregnant women suffering from low back and pelvic pain ...

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An umbrella systematic review (a ‘review of reviews’), which assessed the effectiveness of acupuncture for menopause symptoms, has concluded that current evidence from RCTs supports its use ...

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Chinese authors have produced a systematic review that offers an overview of the influence of acupuncture on functional connectivity networks in the brain ...

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A network meta-analysis performed by Chinese authors has shown that acupuncture improves the symptoms of chronic constipation more effectively than drugs ...

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A systematic review from China indicates that acupuncture could be an effective therapy for treating osteoporosis ...

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A Cochrane database systematic review assessing acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation has concluded that its effects in reducing death or improving neurological and movement scores, as reported in trials comparing acupuncture with any control, were not seen in trials comparing acupuncture with sham acupuncture ...

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A systematic review of non-pharmacological interventions for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome suggests that acupuncture can be effective ...

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A Chinese systematic review has shown positive results for acupuncture in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation ...

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A Cochrane database systematic review has concluded that acupuncture may result in a moderate reduction in the severity of depression when compared with treatment as usual or no treatment ...

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Acupuncture could be an effective and safe treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder ...

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A systematic review carried out in Portugal concludes that there is good scientific evidence encouraging the use of acupuncture therapy to treat anxiety disorders ...

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Acupuncture can help in the treatment overactive bladder (OAB) conclude the authors of a systematic review from China ...

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Acupuncture can reduce the duration of postoperative ileus (POI) and enhance bowel function in cancer patients after surgery. ...

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Acupuncture compares favourably to bed rest for the relief of postpartum sciatica, conclude the authors of a study carried out in China ...

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Acupressure at Sanyinjiao SP-6 is an effective method to decrease maternal anxiety and analgesic consumption during labour ...

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Acupuncture is associated with a much faster and deeper analgesic effect and better tolerance in comparison with morphine for patients suffering from acute renal colic ...

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Combining acupuncture with physical therapy can improve pain and rehabilitation significantly for patients with post-stroke shoulder-hand syndrome 

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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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