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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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According to American researchers, weekly acupuncture is associated with improvements in pain and quality of life when used as an adjunct to usual treatment for chronic pain in urban health centres.

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A large randomised study carried out in Germany has found that acupuncture is a useful and cost-effective add-on treatment for asthma patients.

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Adding either acupuncture or counselling to usual care can hasten improvement in patients with persistent depression according to a large UK-based study.

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Chinese scientists report that long-term tai chi practice can induce regional structural changes in practitioners’ brains. Using high-resolution MRI scanning of 22 tai chi practitioners and 18 matched controls, they examined the...

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A Mexican research team reports that practising tai chi produces a greater antioxidant effect in the body than walking. The researchers carried out a quasi-experimental study of 106 healthy older adults (60 and 74 years of age)...

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