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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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
Relief of pain is rewarding, according to a researchers from the USA. They demonstrated that treatments that relieve the unpleasant feeling of pain also activate reward circuits in the brain and thus reinforce behaviors that...
Another Chinese study has found that acupuncture needle sensations of deqi and sharp pain are associated with different patterns of activations and deactivations in the brain.
Taiwanese authors have compared the advantages and limitations associated with different control group designs in acupuncture RCTs.
An experimental study carried out in Korea has found that the skin at acupuncture points contains higher levels of the signaling molecule nitric oxide (NO) than surrounding areas.