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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.

Yoga is a more effective treatment for chronic lower back pain than conventional GP care, according to the UK’s largest ever study into its benefits.

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Eighty-four women suffering from prenatal depression were randomly assigned to yoga, massage therapy or standard prenatal care control groups.

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An article published in Spine journal has found that 12 weekly yoga classes for people with chronic or recurrent lower back pain (plus usual care) would be a cost-effective strategy for the National Health Service compared with usual care alone.

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A study carried out in a Massachussets high school randomly divided 11th and 12th grade students into a yoga or regular physical education (PE) class for the duration of a school term

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A Canadian team has found that an eight-week yoga intervention is associated with improvements in pain, psychological functioning and cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia (FM).

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A 12-week yoga intervention results in greater improvements in mood and anxiety than equivalent walking exercise, according to a study from the USA.

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A brief yoga intervention significantly improves sleep quality for cancer survivors. 410 non-metastatic, cancer survivors were randomised to either standard care monitoring or standard care plus a four-week yoga intervention (twice weekly for 75 m

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Yoga can reduce eating disorder symptoms in adolescents, according to a study from the USA. A total of 50 girls and four boys aged 11-21 years were randomised to an eight-week trial of standard care (every other week physician and/or dietician appoin

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A review of studies comparing the effects of yoga and exercise indicates that yoga may be as effective as or better than exercise at improving a variety of health-related outcomes. Eighty-one studies comparing the effects of yoga and exercise in both

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Expert yoga practitioners exhibit lower levels of inflammatory markers compared with novices, possibly due to differences in their responses to stress. American researchers compared inflammatory and endocrine responses of novice and expert yoga pract

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Heart rate variability, which is indicative of a healthy heart, has been shown to be higher in yoga practitioners than in non-practitioners, according to Indian research. The team analysed the HRV spectra of the electrocardiograms of 42 healthy male

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Participation in yoga classes can lead to significant reduction in anxiety in women who suffer from anxiety disorders. Sixty-five women suffering from depression and anxiety were randomly assigned to an experimental or control waiting list group. The

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Indian researchers have compared the effect of a short-term intensive residential yoga program with physical exercise (control) on pain and spinal flexibility in subjects with chronic low-back pain (CLBP). Eighty women with CLBP, were randomly assign

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A study carried out in India has assessed the efficacy of yoga therapy on cognitive abilities in climacteric syndrome. One hundred and eight perimenopausal women between 40 and 55 years old were randomly allocated to yoga or control groups. The yoga

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The effect of yoga on menopausal symptoms, has been examined by Indian researchers. One hundred and twenty participants (ages 40-55) were randomly divided into two study arms. The yoga group practised a sequence of twelve yoga poses, plus breathing e

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An eight-week regimen of yoga, in addition to standard medical therapy, can improve exercise tolerance and positively affect levels of inflammatory markers in patients with chronic heart failure. Nineteen patients were randomised to yoga treatment (Y

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