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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.

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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American researchers have concluded that acupuncture can effectively treat the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ...

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Intraoperative acupuncture results in reduced pain and earlier return to eating for children undergoing tonsillectomy, according to American researchers ...

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Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) can relieve muscle spasticity following brain injury ...

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A study carried out in Spain has shown that acupuncture at point Qihai REN-6 can decrease the time taken for the placenta to be expelled after delivery ...

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Chinese researchers have found that acupuncture can result in objectively measurable improvements of tear film quantity in patients with certain types of dry eye ...

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A high level of expectation after acupuncture treatment rather than at baseline is associated with better long-term outcome improvements in patients with migraine ...

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Acupuncture can accelerate recovery of consciousness after general anaesthetic, according to a study from Italy

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Six-weeks of treatment with moxibustion seems to improve physical and mental quality of life in patients with chronic knee osteoarthritis (KOA).

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Four recent studies on the treatment of stroke by acupuncture show benefits for overall outcomes, improved swallowing and reduced spasticity.

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Individualised treatment with ‘whole-systems traditional Chinese medicine’ (WS-TCM, that includes a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and dietary and lifestyle recommendations) may be of benefit when added to IVF treatment, according to an American research team ...

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Acupuncture may be a useful adjunct to pharmacological pain management after total hip (THR) or total knee replacement (TKR) surgery ...

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The American Academy of Otolaryngology’s new Clinical Practice Guideline recommends acupuncture for patients with allergic rhinitis (AR) who are interested in nonpharmacological therapy ...

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Tai chi qigong (TCQ) could be an effective non-pharmacological intervention for managing head, neck and shoulder impairments in survivors of nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC). Conventional treatments for NPC often result in trismus (lockj

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A small pilot study carried out in the USA suggests that tai chi (TC) practice may result in changes to inflammatory cytokine production, leading to reduced pain in arthritic patients ...

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Tai chi training can improve renal and cardiac functions in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) ...

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A 12-week balance training program combining tai chi and strength training (TCST) can effectively improve balance and aerobic capacity in patients with end-stage osteoarthritis who are awaiting hip surgery ...

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The journal Science has just published a three-part series, ‘The Art and Science of Traditional Medicine’, which presents a persuasive set of arguments for the integration of traditional Chinese medicine into modern medical practice ...

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Taiwanese researchers have discovered that tai chi may exert some of its anti-ageing health benefits by increasing stem cell populations ...

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Accumulating evidence demonstrates that acupuncture has an antioxidant effect, and can prevent oxidative stress which causes pathophysiological changes involved in various disease processes ...

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Baseball’s oldest major league player credits acupuncture as the secret of his longevity in the game ...

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Chinese researchers have discovered what they call the first ‘virological penicillin’, a molecule called MIR2911, which is found in the Chinese herb honeysuckle (Jin Yin Hua, Flos Lonicerae) ...

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An international team has found that modification of body ownership results in changes in both local blood flow and brain responses during acupuncture needle stimulation ...

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Using four needles may be superior to two needles in generating rapid pain relief with acupuncture, according to British investigators ...

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The acupuncture point combination known as the ‘Four Gates’ (Siguan - a combination of bilateral Hegu L.I.-4 and Taichong LIV-3) can elicit specific activities in the brain, conclude Chinese scientists ...

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Instructions given to a patient can significantly affect therapeutic outcomes and the relationship between acupuncture intensity and clinical response, according to research from Korea ...

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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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