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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.

Please note that the most twenty recent research archive items are free to view but access to the thousands of items in the archive require a journal subscription.

The context in which a needle is inserted into the body makes a difference to how it affects the brain ...

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Chinese scientists have shown that acupuncture at Shenmen HE-7 can affect cardiac autonomic neural regulation in healthy subjects ...

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Acupuncture can induce significant connectivity changes in the somatosensory region of the brain in people recovering from Bell’s palsy (BP) ...

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Acupuncture may exert a beneficial effect on glucose metabolism in obese women, according to a small pilot study carried out by an international team of investigators ...

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Authors of a Korean meta-analysis have concluded that acupuncture therapy aimed at reducing preoperative anxiety has a statistically significant effect relative to placebo ...

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Current evidence provisionally demonstrates that acupuncture may compare favourably with either no acupuncture or conventional therapy for cerebral infarction, conclude the authors of a Chinese meta-analysis ...

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An Australian systematic review concludes that acupuncture may result in clinically important improvements in QoL (quality of life) and dyspnoea in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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Limited evidence suggests that acupuncture may have antipsychotic effects, according to a Cochrane Database Systematic Review by Chinese authors ...

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A pilot study from the UK suggests that Chinese medicine treatment is beneficial for menopausal symptoms ...

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Patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) who use adjunctive traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to manage their condition are less likely to require endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) ...

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Manual acupuncture is an effective means of short-term pain relief for the treatment of lateral epicondylalgia ...

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Acupuncture stimulation at Yanglingquan GB-34 can activate brain areas known to be impaired in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) ...

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Needling Zhubin KID-9 can reduce alcohol cravings in alcohol-dependent patients, according to the authors of a Korean study. Twenty male alcohol-dependent patients were randomly assigned to a treatment group and a placebo group ...

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Investigators based in Norway have explored the correlation between choice of acupoints and the recurrence rate of cystitis among cystitis-prone women receiving acupuncture as a prophylactic treatment ...

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Acupuncture is cost-effective compared with counselling or usual care alone for patients with depression, according to analysis of the results of a major UK trial ...

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Brazilian clinicians report that acupuncture is effective for improving sleep quality and psychological distress in elderly patients with sleep problems ...

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A brief course of acupuncture is effective for reducing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in military veterans, according to a study carried out in the USA ...

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Another mother and child study, this time from the Spanish island of Menorca, supports a potential protective effect of ‘fruity’ vegetables and fish intake during childhood on wheeze and atopy respectively. The mothers of 460 children

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Pain intensity and cervical range of motion improves in women with myofascial pain who are treated with acupuncture ...

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A US study has found that auricular acupuncture and relaxation response (RR) sessions can help reduce cravings and anxiety among military veterans in recovery from substance use disorders ...

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An experimental study had found that acupuncture at the ‘Four Gates’ (Siguan) can normalise accelerated gastrointestinal (GI) motility.

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Transcutaneous electrical acupuncture point stimulation (TEAS) has beneficial effects on markers of endometrial receptivity in women undergoing frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET), a Chinese study has shown ...

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Moxibustion can improve symptoms and quality of life and decrease rectal sensitivity in patients with diarrhoea from irritable bowel syndrome (D-IBS) ...

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Both auricular and body electro-acupuncture (EA), combined with a low-calorie diet, can help help weight loss in obese men, according to research carried out in Iran ...

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Chinese researchers have found that ear acupressure (EAP) results in both short- and long-term improvements in symptoms and quality of life (QoL) for patients with perennial allergic rhinitis ...

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Acupuncture results in significant subjective improvements in overactive bladder (OB) symptoms and may be a clinically relevant alternative treatment for the condition in adult females ...

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A multicentre clinical trial carried out in China has shown that acupuncture has better sustained effects on functional constipation than the laxative lactulose ...

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Headache is the prestigious peer-reviewed journal of the American Headache Society. When they publish an article on headache and acupuncture, we would expect an informed, well-referenced piece. Read what Mel Hopper Koppelman has to say below and join us in wondering how Headache can demean itself by putting out such a load of lazy, biased rubbish.

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Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is nearly twice as effective as Western medicine (WM) in the treatment of female infertility (60% successful pregnancy rates compared to 33%) according to a meta-analysis of 40 randomised controlled trials and meta-analyses ...

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A Chinese systematic review has concluded that tai chi has positive effects on health-related quality of life in patients with chronic conditions ...

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Tai chi holds therapeutic potential for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, according to a German pilot study. A sample of 32 MS patients participated in two weekly tai chi sessions of 90 minutes duration for six months, while a comparison group rec

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Tai chi (TC) exercise may help reduce risk factors for chronic disease in senior survivors of cancer ...

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Chinese investigators report that baduanjin qigong training can significantly improve markers of physical health in healthy adults. One hundred and ten subjects aged from 20 to 59 years were randomly assigned to an experimental group and a control

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Tai chi practice can help older adults maintain their balance, according to a study from a US author ...

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A study by a joint Chinese/Japanese research team suggests that long-term tai chi training may prevent depression. The cross-sectional survey included 529 Japanese tai chi practitioners. The authors conclude that long-term tai chi training and the

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Treatment with the traditional Chinese medicine NF3 (composed of Huang Qi [Radix Astragali] and Di Huang [Radix Rehmanniae]) is associated with improved healing of diabetic foot ulcers, clinicians from Hong Kong have found ...

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A response to a study debunking acupuncture for back pain ... 

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The fitness benefits of tai chi for older women only become obvious if they engage in long-term practice ...

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Ear acupuncture and acupressure can effectively manage pain, according to a meta-analysis ...

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A meta-analysis by Chinese authors suggests that acupuncture has positive effects on cognitive function after stroke ...

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Korean scientists have examined acupuncture practitioners' motion patterns during needle manipulation to evaluate their consistency ...

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Japanese investigators have found that applying moxibustion at Shenshu BL-23 (back shu point of the Kidney) leads to a reduction in renal vascular resistance ...

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An experimental study from China suggests that moxibustion generates a protective response against bacterial infection by activating macrophage autophagy ...

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A US/Korean team has developed and tested a novel form of placebo acupuncture, dubbed ‘phantom acupuncture’, which reproduces the acupuncture needling ritual without any tactile stimulation ...

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Chinese scientists report that acupuncture at Taichong LIV-3 can specifically affect areas of the brain related to vision, movement, emotion and pain ...

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Data from research carried out in Italy suggests that needling the acupuncture points Neiguan P-6 and LIV-3 Taichong has markedly different effects on cerebral blood flow (CBF) ...

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The effect of acupuncture on the brain is different in functional dyspepsia (FD) patients compared with healthy subjects ...

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Acupuncture can be used to interrupt cluster headaches (CH), according to a case series from Italy. Four patients with CH were treated with acupuncture as a preventive treatment, either combined with the calcium channel blocking drug verapamil, or alone ...

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A trial carried out in the USA has found that acupuncture performed off-site on the day of embryo transfer (ET) was detrimental to the success of the transfer. In a prospective, physician-blinded study ...

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A French study has found that treatment with acupuncture and moxibustion was not effective in correcting breech presentation in the third trimester of pregnancy

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Investigators from Brazil have used two-dimensional ultrasonography (2DUS) and ultrasound elastography (UE) to objectively confirm the subjective analgesic effects of acupuncture on pain from myofascial trigger points (MTrP) ...

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Individualised acupuncture treatment conducted according to traditional Chinese medicine principles may improve post-laparoscopic shoulder pain (PLSP) when used in conjunction with conventional therapy ...

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Turkish researchers have demonstrated a clinically relevant decrease in serum matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) activity in patients with migraine treated with acupuncture ...

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The use of Chinese herbs can improve the outcomes of assisted reproductive technologies, according to a Chinese study ...

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Two Chinese herbal formulas have been found to be effective for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) ...

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A meta-analysis from Taiwanese authors confirms that acupuncture can improve symptoms in women experiencing menopause ...

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The use of acupuncture to manage osteoarthritis is associated with a significant reduction in symptoms, concludes a Canadian meta-analysis ...

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Acupuncture can be considered as an alternative treatment option for De Quervain's tenosynovitis (painful inflammation of tendons in the thumb), suggests an Iranian research study ...

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Both verum and sham electro-acupuncture (EA) can effectively relieve the pain of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL, a non-invasive method of treating kidney stones), as well as reducing the analgesic dosage, according to the results of Chinese research ...

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Acupuncture and moxibustion may stimulate anti-cancer immunity, protect bone marrow cells and minimise drug side-effects in colon cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, according to a pilot study carried out in Portugal ...

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A German pilot study suggests that acupuncture may have a comparable effect to anti-histamine drugs in patients allergic to house dust mites.

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A pilot study from China has found that acupuncture can modulate activity in the brain’s default-mode network (DMN) in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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Acupuncture can help control acute postoperative pain after total knee arthroplasty, according to Taiwanese investigators.

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American researchers have found that electro-acupuncture (EA) can produce significant improvements in fatigue, anxiety and depression in women experiencing joint pain related to treatment with aromatase inhibitors (AIs).

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Chinese scientists have shown that needling active acupoints in migraine patients reduces pain and affects key disease-affected brain regions involving pain.

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Acupuncture could be a potential treatment option for overactive bladder (OAB), according to Turkish researchers...

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Acupuncture, dietary therapy and tuina self-massage can be successfully used to treat hot flushes and other symptoms in postmenopausal women...

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Integrative treatment (IT) and therapeutic acupuncture (TA) result in more long term benefit than conventional treatment (CT) for alleviating psychological distress in primary care patients...

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Traditional acupuncture (TA) can improve cardiac autonomic function in patients with stable ischaemic heart disease (SIHD), according to American researchers.

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A trial carried out in Sweden has found that women who received manual acupuncture (MA) or electro-acupuncture (EA) during labour used less epidural analgesia than women who received standard care. The longitudinal randomised controlled trial recruit

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Research from China suggests that a combination of acupuncture and moxibustion can provide significant therapeutic benefits in patients with active Crohn’s disease (CD).

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Tai chi (TC) has beneficial effects on blood pressure (BP) and levels of gaseous cellular signaling molecules in the blood of patients with essential hypertension (EH)...

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A Chinese research team has found that tai chi (TC) can improve balance and decrease fall risks in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD).

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Caffeine can inhibit the analgesic effect of acupuncture, according to animal studies carried out in Brazil. Mice subjected to plantar incision surgery were treated with both manual acupuncture and electro-acupu

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Acupressure at distal acupuncture points associated with alleviating shoulder pain have specific beneficial effects on blood flow and oxygenation of the trapezius muscle as well as autonomic nervous activity, a research team from Japan has concluded...

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A paper by a UK author suggests that ancient Chinese texts relating to the Chong Mai (Penetrating Vessel or Sea of Blood), are likely to have been a description of the vascular system, derived via cadaver dissection.

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Tai chi (TC) training helps improve attention in healthy young adults, according to American researchers...

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Research from the USA has found that a 12-week tai chi (TC) intervention was more effective in reducing fall rates for stroke survivors than either strength training or usual care.

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A Cochrane Database systematic review from China suggests that the herbal formula Sheng Mai San (SMS - Generate the Pulse Powder) may exert a positive effect on heart failure, especially when used alongside usual medical treatment...

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Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan (GZFLW - Cinnamon and Hoelen Formula) appears to result in additional reduction of fibroid volume when added to mifepristone treatment, according to a Cochrane Database systematic review.

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A Chinese herbal formula had been found to be effective for functional constipation by a study carried out in Hong Kong. The formula Ma Zi Ren Wan (MZRW - composed of Huo Ma Ren [Fructus Cannabis], Da Huang [Rad

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Traditional Chinese herbal medicines can slow the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes according to a study from China.

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German researchers have used fMRI scanning to compare needling at a verum acupuncture point to the needling of a sham point...

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Australian researchers have conducted a study exploring the experience of acupuncture for people with chronic low back pain...

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An fMRI study by Chinese authors has found that acupuncture at Yanglingquan GB-34 can enhance functional connectivity in the brain’s default mode network (DMN) in stroke patients.

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A retrospective cohort study from Taiwan suggests that patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who receive acupuncture treatment show a decreased risk of subsequent stroke compared with those who do not receive acupuncture treatment...

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Evidence from moderate quality randomised studies suggests that acupuncture is effective for treating lateral elbow pain, according to a systematic review by an international team of authors.

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A Chinese meta-analysis has concluded that acupuncture exhibits clinically and statistically significant control of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms.

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Results from a Korean systematic review and meta-analysis support the effectiveness of acupuncture and herbal medicine as a treatment for premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Eight acupunct

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A systematic review and network meta-analysis comparing the clinical effectiveness of different treatment strategies for sciatica supports the effectiveness of acupuncture for this condition. ...

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Acupuncture analgesia is a useful method of pain control in patients with acute dental pain, a Brazilian study has found. A sample of 120 patients waiting for emergency den

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Research from Taiwan suggests that electro- and manual acupuncture can exert positive therapeutic effects in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

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Auricular acupuncture is an effective intervention for the relief of stress/anxiety amongst healthcare workers and supports their capacity for caring, suggests an American study.

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Direct moxibustion may be able to improve symptoms of fatigue, according to the results of a small study carried out in the US.

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The results of a pilot study carried out in the USA suggest that acupuncture may have significant, measurable benefits on residual visual function in patients with the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa (RP).

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Trigger point acupuncture (TrPAcu) is significantly better than sham treatment at reducing pain and improving function in patients with chronic shoulder pain, say Japanese investigators.

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Electro-auricular acupuncture could be a safe and effective non-pharmacological treatment for obese patients.

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Acupuncture may help treat symptoms of nocturia, according to Turkish researchers.

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A small Chinese study suggests that acupuncture can regulate hormone levels and improve psychological and menopausal symptoms in women with premature ovarian failure (POF).

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A pragmatic randomised controlled trial from the UK has found that acupuncture combined with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) provides significant benefits for patients with depression.

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