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Needle rotation and sensation play an important role in the effects of acupuncture, Korean investigators report.

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Japanese researchers have found evidence that acupuncture points have specific actions on the autonomic functions of particular internal organs.

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There is no evidence that acupuncture improves live birth or pregnancy rates in assisted conception, according to an update of a Cochrane Database systematic review.

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A British neuroscientist has proposed that a novel extracellular signalling system, based on adenosine 5’-triphosphate (ATP), is the mechanism underlying the effects of acupuncture.

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A study carried out in China has found that a herbal formula, Fuzheng Huayu Capsule (FZHYC) can reduce the risk of bleeding and improve survival rates in liver cirrhosis patients with oesophageal varices.

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Another Cochrane Database systematic review has found insufficient evidence to determine whether acupuncture is effective for controlling menopausal vasomotor symptoms.

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An experimental study had found that acupuncture at the ‘Four Gates’ (Siguan) can normalise accelerated gastrointestinal (GI) motility.

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A Cochrane Database systematic review has summarised the current evidence for the use of acupuncture in the treatment of fibromyalgia.

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A pilot study carried out in Hong Kong suggests that qigong could reduce cancer therapy side effects such as upper limb lymphoedema and poor circulation in survivors of breast cancer.

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Spanish researchers have found that practising qigong can improve balance in healthy young women.

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