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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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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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A Cochrane systematic review suggests that a course of acupuncture consisting of at least six treatments can be a valuable option for people with frequent tension-type headache ...

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Acupuncture treatment can reduce hospital visits and decrease total hospital charges among vulnerable patient populations ...

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Acupuncture is an acceptable and effective adjunctive method for reducing pain and anxiety in an emergency department (ED) setting, report American clinicians ...

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Battlefield acupuncture (BFA) can result in clinically meaningful reductions in neuropathic pain due to spinal cord injury (SCI), suggests a pilot study by American researchers ...

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Chinese and American investigators have found evidence that tai chi can help older women improve their cognition and postural control, specifically while dual tasking ...

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A Chinese herbal formula has shown potential for improving working memory performance in healthy adults ...

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Transcutaneous acupoint electrical stimulation (TAES) may improve postoperative immune depression in patients with lung cancer, by regulating the balance of T cells and their related cytokines ...

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Warm needle acupuncture treatment can reduce lymphoedema in breast cancer patients, report Korean investigators ...

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A pilot study carried out in China suggests that electro-acupuncture (EA) can relieve urinary incontinence symptoms and improve quality of life in women with stress urinary incontinence ...

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Indirect moxibustion can have a positive effect on renal haemodynamics in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), conclude the authors of a Japanese study ...

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High-intensity electro-acupuncture (EA) is more effective than low-intensity EA at alleviating the clinical symptoms of knee osteoarthritis (KOA) patients ...

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A small study carried out in Thailand suggests that facial acupuncture, with or without body acupuncture, may be effective in decreasing the size of melasma (hyperpigmented skin) patches. ...

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Acupuncture may be useful to patients suffering from neck and shoulder pain following surgical treatment for cervical lymphatic metastases ...

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A Taiwanese study supports cupping therapy (CT) as an effective treatment for chronic neck and shoulder pain (NSP) ...

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Chinese clinicians have demonstrated beneficial effects of contralateral acupuncture for the treatment of chronic shoulder pain, both in terms of pain and function ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can improve survival rates for patients with sepsis via regulation of the immune system, report Chinese investigators ...

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Acupuncture may help improve Parkinson's Disease (PD)-related fatigue, a US research team has found ...

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Acupuncture can help normalise sperm parameters in infertile men with varicocele, with results comparable to varicocelectomy treatment ...

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Acupuncture can help restore the sense of smell in people suffering from post-viral olfactory dysfunction (PVOD) ...

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Acupuncture can result in clinically significant results for the treatment of shoulder impingement syndrome ...

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Acupuncture has a comparable effect to medication in patients with moderate to severe allergic rhinitis, Chinese researchers have found ...

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American investigators conclude that individualised acupuncture treatment appears to offer significant relief for veterans with Gulf War Illness ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can help reduce urinary retention in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) according to a Chinese research team ...

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Individualised acupuncture treatment is efficacious for pain relief and improving quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia, compared with placebo treatment ...

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Acupuncture treatment can benefit men with premature ejaculation (PE), Turkish investigators report ...

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Acupuncture in association with enhanced self-care is an effective integrative intervention for managing hot flushes and improving quality of life in women with breast cancer ...

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Research from the USA suggests that acupuncture can lead to a significant reduction in vasomotor symptoms (VMS) in menopausal women ...

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Tai chi can improve physical performance in people suffering from a variety of chronic health conditions, according to a systematic review carried out in Canada ...

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A preliminary study from Taiwan suggests that both static and moving forms of qigong practice are beneficial for breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy ...

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Tai chi can improve endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness in elderly women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) ...

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The action of gut microflora on herbal medicines may be crucial in terms of their therapeutic effects on human diseases ...

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Authors from Hong Kong have conducted an overview of meta-analyses to summarise the available evidence on Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) for palliative cancer care ...

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Chinese clinicians have found that Zhen Jing Ding Zhi (ZJDZ) decoction can improve sleep quality and sleep duration in cases of insomnia due to Heart and Gall Bladder qi deficiency ...

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Electrical stimulation at Hegu L.I.-4, located on the dorsum of the hand, results in activation of parts of the brain that overlap extensively with those activated by Jiache ST-6, located on the face ...

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Researchers from Korea have found that there is a correlation between the acupuncture practitioner's perception of deqi and the recipient’s experience of it ...

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Acupuncture can accelerate the relief of post-exercise fatigue by regulating energy metabolism and attenuating the effects of oxidative stress on body tissues ...

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A review of the scientific literature on needling at points historically considered to be 'forbidden' during pregnancy has found that there is no objective evidence of harm ...

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Tai chi is an effective intervention for managing fatigue in patients with lung cancer undergoing chemotherapy, a Chinese study has found ...

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A systematic review of acupuncture studies that use placebo needling devices suggests that they are inadequate as controls for randomised controlled trials of acupuncture

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Acupuncture can influence cerebral blood flow velocity and may be useful for enhancing cerebral blood flow during post-stroke rehabilitation ...

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A pilot prospective cohort study from China suggests that acupuncture may be a useful adjunctive treatment for reducing blood pressure (BP) in women with preeclampsia ...

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For years now Edzard Ernst has been launching a relentless campaign against acupuncture and other forms of complementary medicine ...

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Auricular acupuncture (AA) has an immediate effect on the electromyographic (EMG) activity of the upper trapezius muscle in patients with nonspecific neck pain (NS-NP) ...

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Adding ear acupuncture to conventional occlusal splint therapy can lead to rapid improvements in pain relief for patients with temporomandibular disorder (TMD) ...

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Acupuncture may be more effective than drugs, and may enhance the effect of drugs, for patients with sciatica ...

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A systematic review from China has revealed that moderate to high quality evidence supports the use of electro-acupuncture (EA) for treating acute ischemic stroke ...

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A meta-analysis of current clinical evidence from high quality trials suggests that verum acupuncture is superior to sham acupuncture for treating migraine ...

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Auricular acupuncture (AA) can help reduce pre-exam anxiety in medical students, according to a German pilot study ...

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Auricular acupuncture may aid weight loss by reducing appetite through suppression of the production of ghrelin, an appetite-inducing peptide ...

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A Norwegian pilot study suggests that acupuncture may be more effective for preventing urinary incontinence than pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) ...

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Repeated verum acupuncture (but not sham acupuncture) may help reduce chronic pain symptoms by normalising dysregulated connectivity between key brain regions involved in pain perception ...

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Body, auricular and abdominal acupuncture all lead to improved symptoms for insomnia patients, with body and ear protocols being most effective ...

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The authors of a Brazilian study have concluded that for temporomandibular disorders (TMD) involving joint components, local acupuncture is the most effective, while for TMD of muscular origin, distal needling are most effective

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Acupuncture is more effective than ibuprofen at resolving carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) symptoms ...

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Adding electro-acupuncture (EA) to drug treatment can benefit Parkinson's disease (PD) patients ...

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Practising tai chi (TC) can help reduce pro-inflammatory factors associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in women ...

 

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Researchers from Iran have found that acupuncture is significantly associated with decreased duration of labour ...

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Both electro-acupuncture (EA) and moxibustion (MOX) treatments can improve gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by reducing expression of important neuropeptides in the gut ...

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Adding acupuncture to routine care can improve cognitive status and daily living of patients with vascular dementia (VaD) ...

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Electrical stimulation of Shenmen HE-7 during surgery can prevent agitation in paediatric patients recovering from general anaesthesia, report Japanese clinicians ...

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Acupressure at Sanyinjiao SP-6 can help with cervical ripening in labour, according to a study from Iran ...

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Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) can regulate hormone levels and improve clinical pregnancy rates in patients with decreased ovarian reserve (DOR) during in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer ...

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A Chinese herbal formula, Pei Tu Qing Xin Tang (PTQXT) is effective for decreasing disease severity and improving quality of life (QOL) in patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) ...

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An American study suggests that electro-acupuncture (EA) may be more effective for managing hot flushes among breast cancer survivors than the drug gabapentin (GP), with fewer adverse effects

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Acupuncture can accelerate the onset of the effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in patients with depression and can reduce drug side-effects ...

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A study by authors from the US Air Force has shown that battlefield auricular acupuncture (BFA) can reduce throat pain and decrease need for pain medication in patients with acute sore throat

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Authors from Hong Kong have produced a comprehensive overview of the current evidence available from systematic reviews of the effectiveness of acupuncture for palliative cancer care ...

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Adding the herbal formula Yue Ju Wan (YJW) to the drug fluoxetine can significantly speed up the onset of its antidepressant effects in patients with major depressive disorder ...

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Shu Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae Praeparata) can reduce waist circumference in obese women, possibly through its ability to alter gut microflora ...

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A Chinese herbal formula called Qing Feng Gan Ke granule has been shown to be effective in treating post-infectious cough ...

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Tangshen Formula (TSF) appears to provide additional benefits to medication for patients with diabetic kidney disease (DKD) ...

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The Chinese herbal formula Jin Li Da (JLD) may be a valuable adjunct to metformin therapy, enhancing glycaemic control in patients whose type 2 diabetes is ineffectively controlled with metformin alone ...

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The formula Di Huang Yin Zi (DHYZ) may be a useful therapeutic option in patients with ischaemic stroke, according to an international team of investigators ...

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The clinical efficacy of  ‘5-Ling Granule’ (5-LGr), a proprietary herbal formula, is comparable to that of the drug tiapride (a selective dopamine D2-receptor antagonist) for reducing tics in children with Tourette’s syndrome ...

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A research team from China has investigated how acupuncture modulates brain networks in acute low ...back pain (ALBP)  subjects 

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Chinese authors have used data mining to discover acupoints and point combinations that have therapeutic potential in the treatment of vascular dementia (VaD) ...

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A small study carried out by scientists in Austria suggests that people receiving acupuncture may be able to sense ‘therapeutic qi’ originating from the acupuncturist in the absence of mechanical needle stimulation ...

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A Chinese herbal formula has been found to improve cognitive performance in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease (AD) ...

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Acupuncture may be more effective than medication for treating Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and may enhance the effect of drugs for treating AD in terms of improving cognitive function ...

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Acupuncture may have a beneficial effect on recovery after spinal cord injury ...

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Acupuncture seems to be an effective therapy for Bell's palsy, report the authors of a Chinese systematic review ...

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A systematic review carried out by Chinese authors suggests that acupuncture may be more effective than pharmacological treatment for childhood nocturnal enuresis ...

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Acupuncture is effective as an adjunctive therapy to medication for treating hypertension, a Chinese systematic review concludes ...

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Acupuncture shows promise as a treatment modality for dermatological conditions, according to a systematic review by authors from the USA ...

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Acupuncture has been shown to lessen pain and reduce underlying inflammation in paediatric patients with acute appendicitis ...

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Acupuncture may be useful for improving tongue function and swallowing ability in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients ...

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Applying acupressure before heel lancing is associated with a shorter procedural time and shorter duration of crying in preterm infants, Turkish investigators report ...

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The results of an American pilot study suggest that acupuncture may be effective for the relief of symptoms that commonly affect quality of life for hospice patients ...

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A pilot study from Japan shows that acupuncture can significantly improve depression and autonomic function in patients with medication-resistant depression ...

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A pilot cohort study from Taiwan has demonstrated that acupuncture has a clinically significant and immediate effect on reducing dizziness and vertigo among hospital emergency department (ED) patients ...

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Acupuncture is as effective as occlusal splint therapy for the relief of temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) ...

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A Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) formula has been demonstrated by an Australian research team to reduce the symptoms of constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C) ...

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Acupuncture improves dyspeptic symptoms, mental status and quality of life in patients with functional dyspepsia (FD), Chinese investigators have found ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can effectively treat functional constipation (FC), Chinese researchers have concluded ...

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Acupuncture combined with rehabilitation training can improve knee function parameters after arthroscopic meniscus repair, report Chinese authors ...

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A study from China suggests that a combination of moxibustion and acupuncture can relieve inflammation and repair the damaged intestinal epithelial barrier in patients with Crohn's disease  ...

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A group of American researchers have found that electro-acupuncture (EA) has a significant and long-lasting blood pressure–lowering effect in hypertensive patients with chronically elevated blood pressure (BP) ...

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