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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.

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

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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 Cochrane database systematic review of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) for atopic eczema was not able to find conclusive evidence that CHM, taken orally or applied topically, could reduce the severity of eczema in children or adults.

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Australian authors of a systematic review have concluded that topical herbal medicines (HMs) provide additional benefit to psoriasis patients when used in combination with pharmacotherapy.

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Iranian authors reviewing the currently available literature suggest that an extract of Gingko biloba (GB, pinyin: Bai Guo Ye) has the potential to be effective against psoriasis.

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Self-administered acupressure can result in an improvement in pruritus and lichenification in patients with atopic dermatitis (AD), according to a US pilot study.

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Acupuncture has been found to be more effective than the oral antihistamine cetirizine at reducing experimentally induced itch in atopic dermatitis (AD) subjects.

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An Italian RCT has found that acupuncture is as effective as standard drug treatment for acute pain in patients with herpes zoster (HZ).

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Results from a German pilot study show that acupuncture reduces itch intensity in patients with atopic eczema and that this correlates with reduced activation of basophils (histamine-secreting white blood cells).

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Acupuncture treatment of acne vulgaris can reduce the number of inflammatory lesions and improve

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Chinese scientists recently performed a comprehensive metabonomic analysis to reveal potential mechanisms of berberine action in the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia. Berberine is an alkaloid with a bright yellow color whos

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Acupuncture can significantly reduce itching in patients with atopic eczema. A German study has investigated the effect of acupuncture on type I hypersensitivity itch and skin reaction in a crossover RCT. An allergen stimulus was applied to the skin

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A study has followed up a group of 31 patients with severe atopic eczema who initially took part in a double-blind placebo-controlled crossover trial of a specific formulation of Chinese herbal therapy. All were offered continued therapy for one year

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The combination of various Chinese herbs with proven antiherpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) action combined with acyclovir has been found to have a stronger anti-HSV-1 action than either the herbs or acyclovir alone. They reduced virus yields in the

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Having become interested in the results of an acupuncturist treating psoriasis, members of a University Dermatology department in Sweden set up this clinical trial. The acupuncturist had treated with traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture (an aver

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A Chinese herbal formula had been found to reduce the production of inflammatory proteins linked with causing eczema. A Hong Kong team assessed the effects of the ‘Pentaherbs formulation’ (PHF, containing honeysuckle flower (jin yin hua), pepp

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A Canadian study has assessed the effectiveness of combining Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture for the treatment of atopic dermatitis. Twenty patients (aged 13-48) who had mild-to-severe atopic dermatitis were given a combined treatment of acup

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