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The placebo effects of different therapies are not identical, and patients who respond to one type of placebo may not respond to others, according to research from the USA. In a crossover study, researchers tested the analgesic...

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Needling non-acupoints that lie on an acupuncture channel has a stronger effect on blood perfusion (BP) in the surrounding tissue than needling non-acupoints that do not line on a channel.

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A qualitative study has examined the decision-making processes that lead patients to try acupuncture treatment and the implications of these on their expectations.

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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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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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Facial cosmetic acupuncture (FCA) results in improvement of objective measures of facial elasticity, a Korean pilot study suggests.

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Patient-centred interviewing techniques don’t just put patients more at ease, they can change the brain’s stress response and increase pain tolerance, according to an American research team.

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A small case control study carried out in Canada has found evidence that electrodermal activity at acupuncture points (APs) differs between patients with current pain and pain-free controls.

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A study by a team of US researchers has shown that an enhanced response to sham acupuncture (SA) may be present in fibromyalgia patients who are more sensitive to experimental-pressure stimuli.

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