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Investigators from South Korea have found that the effect of acupuncture on the autonomic nervous system differs between the wood and metal points of the Pericardium and San Jiao channels.

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An fMRI study from China has found changes in brain activity following electro-acupuncture (EA) at acupoints Yintang N-NH-3 and Baihui DU-20, both of which are used in the treatment of psychiatric disorders.

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Experimental studies carried out in humans have shown that acupuncture triggers local increases in interstitial adenosine concentrations.

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American scientists have investigated the brain circuitry involved in the antipruritic effects of acupuncture.

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Acupuncture is a cost-effective treatment modality, according to Korean authors who performed a systematic review of economic evaluations carried out alongside randomised controlled trials.

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Acupuncture is now supported by a broad range of surveys of safety, clinical trials and basic science studies of physiological action.

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An Australian systematic review has found preliminary support for the use of acupuncture as a means to enhance exercise performance and post-exercise recovery.

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Up until now, the placebo effect has seemed to make no sense…if people are able to heal themselves unaided, why does the body wait for a sugar pill to prompt recovery?

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A review by an Italian author has examined the placebo effect in terms of the ‘therapeutic ritual’ created around the patient and how this plays a crucial role in the therapeutic outcome.

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A review paper from authors based in Hong Kong gives an overview of research into the mechanisms of acupuncture and proposes a new theory of the channels and the flow of qi and blood, based on the latest findings in medical imaging, cell biology and physiology.

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