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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 Cochrane database systematic review assessing acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation has concluded that its effects in reducing death or improving neurological and movement scores, as reported in trials comparing acupuncture with any control, were not seen in trials comparing acupuncture with sham acupuncture ...

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Combining acupuncture with physical therapy can improve pain and rehabilitation significantly for patients with post-stroke shoulder-hand syndrome 

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A large cohort study from Taiwan suggests that having acupuncture lowers the risk of depression following stroke ...

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A systematic review carried out in China suggests that patent herbal medicines may be effective for stroke recovery ...

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An integrative rehabilitation programme that includes acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine alongside conventional care can improve stroke outcomes, according to a Chinese research team ...

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A review by Taiwanese authors provides evidence that five different mechanisms are involved in the beneficial effects of acupuncture on ischaemic stroke rehabilitation ...

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Acupuncture can repair stroke-related loss of functional connectivity between the brain’s bilateral primary motor cortices ...

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Electro-acupuncture combined with routine care can reduce spasticity and improve function following stroke, concludes a systematic review from China ...

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Huang Qi (Radix Astragali, Astragalus) can help improve symptoms in patients suffering from post-stroke fatigue, according to a report from Taiwan ...

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Acupuncture may be useful as an add-on to conventional pharmacological treatment for improving the clinical outcomes of patients with mild cognitive impairment following a stroke ...

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Cochrane database authors have concluded that acupuncture has beneficial effects for people recovering from stroke ...

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Chinese clinicians treating patients following ischemic stroke have found evidence that cerebellar activation by deqi may be one of the mechanisms by which acupuncture exerts its beneficial effects ...

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

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

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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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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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According to an overview of 24 systematic reviews and meta-analyses carried out by Chinese researchers, current evidence suggests that acupuncture may be effective for treating post-stroke neurological impairment and dysfunction

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A pilot study carried out in Korea had found that electro-acupuncture (EA) can improve post-stroke depression (PSD), and that the treatment effect varies depending on the degree of motor function impairment of the patient.

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A multi-centre RCT carried out in China has found that adding acupuncture to conventional treatment does not result in any additional benefit for patients with subacute stroke.

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A meta-analysis carried out by Chinese authors suggests that acupuncture may be beneficial in the rehabilitation of patients with dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) caused by stroke.

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Chinese researchers have found electro-acupuncture at points on the head to be helpful for increasing neuroplasticity in cerebral motor regions following ischaemic stroke.

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A large multicentre RCT from China has found that acupuncture plus conventional care was similar in effectiveness to physiotherapy treatment plus conventional care for post-stroke rehabilitation.

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Stroke patients who undergo scalp electro-acupuncture show better functional improvement than those who receive placebo electro-stimulation, say researchers from Brazil.

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In addition to enhancing muscle strength recovery after acute ischaemic stroke (IS), electroacupuncture (EA) appears to regulate the expression of multiple serum proteins that may be beneficial in this situation.

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Acupuncture can assist language recovery in chronic stroke patients and may be associated with increased activity in the damaged speech area of the brain. Seven chronic stroke patients suffering from aphasia were treated with acupuncture three tim

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A Korean study has shown that acupuncture can improve endothelial dysfunction in patients with hypertension. The pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial randomly assigned 15 patients with essential hypertension to a sequence of four a

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A systematic review and meta-analysis from Canada demonstrates that acupuncture may be an effective treatment for post-stroke rehabilitation. Thirty-five articles written in Chinese and 21 written in English were included. The overall quality of the

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The aim of this study carried out at the Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital in Norway was to investigate whether acupuncture treatment, if given to stroke patients in the subacute phase (within 40 days of the stroke) in addition to rehabilitation would

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A Taiwanese study compared rehabilitation therapy plus non-needling electro stimulation of acupuncture points with rehabilitation therapy alone in the treatment of post-CVA hemiplegia. Electro-acupuncture was given 5 times per week. Patients who rece

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A Hong Kong study has cast doubt on the benefits of acupuncture for stroke recovery.  All 106 patients in the study (3-15 days after stroke) received standard stroke care (physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy and medical and nursing ca

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A combination of electro-acupuncture and muscle strengthening exercises can significantly reduce the spasticity of the wrist joint in stroke survivors. In a crossover trial, seven chronic stroke subjects (average age 63) received two six-week treatme

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The effects of electroacupuncture for patients with ischaemic stroke have been examined in a randomised controlled study. Sixty-three patients with first-ever ischaemic stroke were divided into study and control groups. Both groups underwent a conven

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A Korean study suggests that low frequency electroacupuncture (EA) may be more helpful for motor recovery after stroke than high frequency EA. Sixty-two patients with motor dysfunction, hospitalised one week to one month from onset of ischaemic strok

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A US pilot study has compared improvement in upper-limb motor function in chronic stroke survivors who received a combination of acupuncture and strength training, with that of subjects who received strength training alone. Ten chronic stroke patient

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Investigators in Taiwan have found that acupuncture has an immediate effect on improving balance in stroke patients. In a single-blinded, randomised, controlled study, 30 stroke patients were allocated to experimental and control groups. All particip

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