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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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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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Electro-acupuncture (EA) and moxibustion have a positive impact on both subjective symptoms and objective measurements (abnormal serotonin gene expression in tissue from the sigmoid colon) in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) ...

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In a collaborative study between Chinese and US cancer centres, the Chinese formula Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang (RSYRT, ‘Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi’) has been found to significantly reduce severe fatigue in cancer patients ...

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Acupuncture appears to be effective for reducing pain and other symptoms in cancer patients, according to an open clinical trial carried out by clinicians in the USA ...

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Researchers from the USA suggest that electro-acupuncture (EA) may be more effective, and result in fewer adverse effects, than the drug gabapentin (GP) for managing hot flushes in breast cancer survivors ...

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Acupuncture can improve vocal function and healing of vocal fold lesions in people with dysphonia (impairment in the ability to speak normally) ...

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The use of acupuncture to treat men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) can result in a significant decrease in symptoms ...

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The evidence supporting the use of acupuncture as an effective treatment for allergic rhinitis continues to mount ...

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Adding acupuncture to routine medical care can help improve symptoms in people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) ...

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An Australian team has discovered that smell and taste receptors normally found in the nose and mouth are also present in heart tissue ...

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A brief walk in the forest can elicit physiological and psychological relaxation effects in hypertensive middle-aged individuals, according to Japanese researchers ...

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An observational study from Taiwan suggests that using adjuvant Chinese herbal therapy can add benefit to standard anti-tinnitus treatment ...

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Wen Dan Tang (WDT, ‘Warm the Gallbladder Decoction’), a Chinese herbal decoction containing Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae Ternatae) can help improve neurological function in stroke patients, according to a systematic review from China ...

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Integrated treatment that combines traditional Chinese medicine with conventional medicines is better than conventional conventional medicine alone for treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) ...

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A herbal formula containing Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng) may improve fatigue in cancer survivors, investigators from China report ...

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A team of researchers based in China and France have found a Chinese herbal ointment to be an effective therapy for plaque-type psoriasis ...

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A Chinese herbal medicine containing Dan Shen (Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae) has been shown to be helpful in treating diabetic retinopathy (DR), a severe microvascular complication of diabetes that is a major cause of adult blindness ...

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Two Australian authors have produced guidelines for acupuncturists using acupuncture as an adjunct treatment for anorexia nervosa (AN) ...

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A systematic review from China suggests that acupuncture combined with antidepressant medication is effective, has an early onset of action and appears to result in greater therapeutic efficacy than selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) therapy alone ...

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Acupuncture in combination with rehabilitation may have greater benefits for the treatment of acute and subacute stroke sequelae in comparison with rehabilitation alone ...

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A systematic review by Australian authors suggests that management of female infertility with Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) can improve pregnancy rates two-fold within a three to six month period, compared with Western medical fertility drug therapy (WM) ...

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Moxibustion at acupuncture point Zhiyin BL-67 can correct non-vertex presentation, reduce the number of caesarean sections performed and achieve cost savings for the healthcare system, compared with conventional treatment ...

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Acupuncture treatment can increase functional connectivity in brain regions that show decreased connectivity in migraine without aura (MWoA) patients, report Chinese researchers ...

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Turkish investigators have found that acupuncture may help migraine patients by reducing levels of nitric oxide (NO) in their blood ...

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One week of acupuncture treatment can reduce gastric retention and improve symptoms in patients with diabetic gastroparesis ...

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Simultaneous use of local acupoints together with points on the Governing vessel can promote functional repair after peripheral nerve injury, report Chinese investigators ...

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A study of acupuncture for neck pain carried out in Italy suggests that the number of needles used may be unimportant in achieving a therapeutic effect ...

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Acupuncture can improve abnormal leg activity in patients with ‘restless leg syndrome’ (RLS), according to a team of researchers from China and Japan ...

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A small study carried out by investigators in the USA has found that acupuncture appears to reduce pain and dyspareunia, while increasing sexual function, for women with vulvodynia (a chronic pain syndrome affecting the vulvar area without an identifiable cause) ...

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A UK pilot study suggests that acupuncture may be a promising intervention for patients with chronic anxiety symptoms that have proven resistant to other forms of treatment ...

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Stimulation of Hegu L.I.-4 can reduce pain in children during dental anaesthetic injection ...

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