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Auricular acupuncture using a five-point protocol or the auricular Hunger point alone may be effective in reducing body mass index (BMI) in overweight people.

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A study from China has concluded that electro-acupuncture (EA) is an effective treatment for relieving pain caused by pancreatic cancer.

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A review of German acupuncture trials has concluded that the sham acupuncture controls used are not standardised and may not be suitable for clinical research.

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American researchers have found that acupuncture produces clinically important and durable improvement in arthralgia in breast cancer patients receiving aromatase inhibitors (AIs).

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A British research team has found that combining acupuncture with self-care is particularly effective in reducing the symptoms of low back pain.

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The findings of a small Australian study suggest that the specific effect of acupuncture may depend not on the precise location of the needles, but rather on the fact that they draw the patient’s attention to the area being needled.

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An RCT carried out in Germany has found that individualised acupuncture is not superior to standardised acupuncture for treating patients suffering from chronic low back pain.

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A Chinese study suggests that acupuncture compares favourably with benzodiazepine drugs for improving sleep quality and daytime functioning in insomnia patients. A total of 180 patients with primary insomnia were randomly assigned...

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Acupuncture can improve memory and reduce anxiety, according to a study from China. Ninety undergraduate university students were assessed for state and trait anxiety before either receiving acupuncture or lying on a treatment...

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A secondary analysis of the large individual patient dataset collected by the Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration (ATC) has shown that neither the type of acupuncture used, nor the characteristics of individual acupuncturists had much effect on pain outcomes.

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