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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 joint study by UK and Chinese researchers showed that acupuncture is potentially effective in reducing alcohol craving and withdrawal symptoms ...

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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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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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Non-insertive acupuncture (NIA) could be a useful adjunctive treatment in newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), according to a research team from the USA.

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A pilot study carried out in the US suggests that external qigong therapy (EQT) could be useful in reducing cocaine cravings for patients in early recovery.

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An American study has found that adding breathing-based integrative meditation and ear acupressure (IMEA) to outpatient treatment of cocaine addiction decreases drug cravings and leads to higher abstinence rates.

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A systematic review and meta-analysis from Taiwan has found that acupuncture has a beneficial effect in helping people quit smoking.

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A small pilot study from the USA suggests that qigong meditation can contribute positively to addiction treatment outcomes, with results at least as good as those of an established stress management program. 248 participants undergoing residential tr

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Korean researchers have reviewed the data regarding possible mechanisms of action of acupuncture in the treatment of drug addiction. They suggest that acupuncture's role in suppressing the reinforcing effects of abused drugs takes place by modulating

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Korean researchers have found that acupuncture treatment can reduce the amount of attention that smokers pay to smoking-related visual cues, and that this is associated with improvement in cigarette withdrawal symptoms. Previous research into substan

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The starchy root tuber Ge Gen (Radix Puerariae)  was noted as combating drunkeness in a 7th century CE Chinese pharmacopoeia. It is much used in China and Hong Kong by traditional herbalists where it has been found to be effective in controlling

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A study carried out in the State University Hospital for Neurology and Psychiatry in Sofia, Bulgaria, compared the use of body acupuncture [Hegu L.I.-4, Quchi L.I.-11, Neiguan P-6, Waiguan SJ-5, Wangu SI-4, Shuaigu GB-8, Yangbai GB-14, Shenmen HE-7,

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More support for the important role of acupuncture in treating substance abuse comes from a study carried out in the psychiatric unit of a general hospital on 47 patients. Compared to a control group, those who received auricular acupuncture had a mu

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This study randomly assigned 46 smokers to two groups. One was treated at points recognised for their anti-smoking effect, whilst the other was given acupuncture treatment at points assumed to have no effect for smoking cessation. Concentrations of t

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A study carried out at the University of Oslo compared the use of acupuncture at a) points with a reputed anti-smoking effect (test group), and b) points with no such reputation (control group). Treatment combined body electro-acupuncture, ear acupun

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Auricular acupuncture  continues to gain popularity  as an adjunct to substance abuse treatment. In a study carried out by Merle West Center for Medical
Research, thirty-seven  patients who received  acupuncture (AC) during

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A Swedish study has investigated the possible benefits of giving ear acupuncture to male and female substance abusers in prison. Prisoners were offered a treatment programme comprising 14 treatments over a 4-week period. 145 prisoners received tre

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Research has shown that acupuncture can offer significant benefits to public health programmes to help people stop smoking. 141 smokers were assigned to receive either i. true acupuncture and anti-smoking education, ii. sham acupuncture (needles inse

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Rapid Opiate Detoxification (ROD) is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for substance abuse but is associated with severe withdrawal symptoms. In a study to determine if acupuncture could reduce these symptoms, 40 adult males addic

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The Chinese herb Ge Gen (Puerariae Radix) appears to be able to reduce alcohol consumption in heavy drinkers. Those who were given the herb extract in capsule form for seven days prior to a drinking session cut their alcohol consumption by almost 50%

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Acupuncture has been found to reduce drug use and withdrawal symptoms in a study carried out in Vancouver, Canada. 2,755 treatments were given on a voluntary drop-in basis at two clinics in the city. Patients who presented for treatment every ten

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An exploratory study evaluated the benefits of adding auricular acupuncture to a 21-day outpatient structured psychoeducational treatment programme for women with concurrent substance use problems, anxiety and depression. Women receiving acupuncture

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A randomised-controlled trial has compared auricular acupuncture with aromatherapy in reducing the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and found them to be equally effective. The study, carried out in a German clinic, randomly assigned 109 inpatients unde

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A prospective, randomised, controlled trial has compared auricular acupuncture for smoking cessation against sham in a group of 131 Taiwanese adults. The treatment group received auricular acupuncture at Shenmen, Sympathetic, Mouth and Lung points fo

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A meta-analysis of acupuncture as an adjunctive treatment for opiate detoxification has been carried out by Chinese authors. They searched English and Chinese databases for randomised trials comparing acupuncture combined with opioid agonist treatmen

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A synthetic derivative of the kudzu vine [Ge Gen (Puerariae Radix)] has been shown to reduce drinking and prevent relapse in a rat model of alcoholism. Kudzu contains daidzin, a substance which causes aversion to drinking alcohol. Daidzin inhibits th

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