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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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A review by two authors from the USA discusses the ‘fascia acupuncture hypothesis’, which suggests that fascial planes are the basis of the acupuncture channels. The article considers the concept of qi in light of recent studies...

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Authors from the USA have carried out a systematic review showing that the protocols for blinding in acupuncture studies are generally effective, and that patients cannot determine if they have received verum acupuncture or a different procedure.

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Acupuncture that elicits the sensation of deqi can improve facial muscle recovery, disability and quality of life for patients with Bell’s palsy. In a randomised controlled trial, Chinese researchers compared the efficacy of weak...

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