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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.

Transcutaneous electrical acupuncture stimulation can reduce anxiety, promote rehabilitation and increase quality of life in lung cancer patients receiving palliative care ...

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Feiwei granules can improve lung function in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, according to Chinese research ...

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Adding acupuncture to routine asthma care is associated with increased disease-specific and health-related quality of life compared with routine care alone ...

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Acupuncture can be used as an adjunctive therapy to reduce dyspnoea in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) ...

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A Cochrane Database systematic review has concluded that very low to moderate quality evidence suggests that tai chi can lead to better lung function in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) ...

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A systematic review by Australian and Chinese authors suggests that Chinese herbal medicines combined with routine drug treatment may improve asthma outcomes more than pharmacotherapies alone ...

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Acupuncture’s ability to improve the symptoms of allergic rhinitis may be due to modulation of the upper airway mucosal immune response to house dust mites ...

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A UK group has found acupuncture alone or in combination with morphine to be effective for the relief of breathlessness in lung cancer patients ...

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Acupuncture should be considered as a valid complementary therapy for asthma in adults, write the Chinese authors of a systematic review ...

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

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

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Hong Kong researchers have concluded that tai chi is a useful exercise for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, and can lead to sustained improvements in their health.

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A systematic review carried out by Chinese authors suggests that compared with Western conventional medicine or placebo Chinese herbal medicine can more effectively improve the core symptoms of post-infectious cough, have earlier antitussive effect and enhance patients' quality of life.

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A large randomised study carried out in Germany has found that acupuncture is a useful and cost-effective add-on treatment for asthma patients.

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A prospective, randomised trial carried out in Denmark has found that acupuncture can reduce asthma symptoms and medication use in preschool children.

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A multi-centre, prospective dose-escalation trial has found that a Chinese herbal medicine,

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For sufferers of seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR), acupuncture treatment can lead to a modest improvement in disease-specific quality of life and can reduce antihistamine use, compared with either sham acupuncture or the medication cetrizine. In a mu

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A team of Chinese investigators has shown that acupuncture has regulatory effects on mucosal and cellular immunity in patients with allergic asthma.

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According to a trial carried out in Japan, acupuncture is associated with clinically relevant improvements of dyspnoea on exertion (DOE) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Sixty-eight patients with COPD were randomi

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A UK study suggests that living in a damp river valley at low altitude can increase the risk of developing lung problems.

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A systematic review has concluded that Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) interventions appear to have beneficial effects in patients with persistent allergic rhinitis (PAR)

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Preliminary data from a pilot study carried out in the USA suggest that an integrated approach that combines acupuncture with Western medicine can improve symptoms and quality of life for patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS).

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The addition of acupuncture to an inpatient asthma rehabilitation programme results in improvement in bronchial hyper-reactivity and reduced anxiety for paediatric patients.

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Practising qigong may protect elite swimmers from upper respiratory tract infections (URIs), US researchers have found.

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Skin impedance measured at points on the Lung channel may correlate with asthma status, say Hong Kong scientists.

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The addition of acupuncture to an inpatient asthma rehabilitation programme results in improvement in bronchial hyper-reactivity and reduced anxiety for paediatric patients.

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A Chinese herbal paste may help to reduce winter exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a Chinese study.

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A combination of the Chinese herbal formulae Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang (Ephedra, Apricot Kernel, Gypsum and Licorice Decoction) and Yin Qiao San (Honeysuckle and Forsythia Powder) can be used as an alternative to the drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to treat H1N1 influenza virus infection.

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Paracetamol has been linked with the development of asthma and allergies by a large international trial.

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A three-month programme of simplified (13-form) taichi qigong (two x sixty minute sessions a week) was found to be superior to both an exercise group (walking plus breathing techniques) and a control group (usual activities) in improving symptoms of

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A herbal formula known as Antiwei has been shown to reduce the severity of influenza symptom scores by 50%.

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Xin Yi San (XYS, magnolia flower powder) reduces nasal symptoms in patients with perennial allergic rhinitis (AR) due to its diverse immunomodulatory effects.

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A US pilot study of tai chi for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) suggests that it may be an effective treatment. Ten patients with moderate to severe COPD were randomised to 12 weeks of tai chi plus usual care or usual care

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Four weeks of Acu-TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on acupoints) treatment has been shown to improve physical and psychosocial function in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), probably due to bronchodilation in

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Breathing exercises can help asthma patients control their symptoms, according to a Scottish study. 183 asthmatic subjects were randomised to three sessions of either physiotherapist supervised breathing training or asthma nurse delivered asthma educ

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Brazilian researchers have shown in a pilot study that acupuncture can improve the sleep pattern of patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Forty patients were randomly allocated to manual acupuncture (MA) treatment, 10 Hz electroacupuncture (E

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A recent study has explored the benefits of acupuncture in cancer-related breathlessness. 20 patients with breathlessness at rest due to primary or secondary malignancy were treated at Hegu L.I.-4 and at the sternum. 70% of patients reported marked s

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Anaesthetists from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, have reported that the use of acupuncture in bronchial asthma can not only releive symptoms but also reduce the hospital's drugs bill (Schott C. et. al. Erfahrungsheikunde; 45: 5-9).

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A small crossover study, carried out by Dr. George Lewith from Royal South Hants, into the use of acupuncture for disabling breathlessness has failed to find any significant benefit. 36 patients assigned to receive either a standardised true acupunct

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This joint study carried out by the University of Michigan and the Beijing Heart Lung and Blood Vessel Research Centre compared 102 children who took Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) for their mild intermittent asthma with 109 children with similar a

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ASHMI, a Chinese preparation comprised of three herbs ( a simplification of a fourteen-herb formula used to treat asthma in Chinese hospitals) was found to be almost as effective as prednisone in a comparative study, with none of the negative affects

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The Chinese herbal formula Ding Chuan Tang, given to 28 stablilised, mild to moderate persistent asthmatic children, aged 8-15, for 12 weeks significantly improved airway hyper-responsiveness compared to 24 children given placebo. (Ding Chuan Tang, a

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In a randomised controlled study, patients of 18 years or older with allergic asthma were assigned to either routine care plus acupuncture (15 sessions over three months, 184 patients) or routine care alone (173 patients). Patients who did not con

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A prospective, single-blinded, randomised crossover-controlled study has been carried out to determine the efficacy of acupuncture in treating asthma. Eighteen patients were randomly assigned to receive one treatment of either real or sham acupunctur

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A single session of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation of acupuncture points (Acu-TENS) appears to improve lung function and reduce dyspnoea in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In a randomised, placebo-controlled trial

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The effect of acupuncture as an adjunctive treatment to medication has been investigated in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A prospective trial with matched-pair parallel groups of patients was carried out in a Japanese hospital. Thi

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Evidence supporting the use of TCM in asthma treatment in is increasing. Two American authors have reviewed promising TCM interventions for asthma and explored their mechanisms of action. Possible mechanisms at work include anti-inflammation, inhibit

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