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A meta-analysis of studies evaluating the effect of acupuncture on in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes has concluded that the type of control procedure used can affect study outcomes.

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Acupuncture and sham acupuncture appear equally effective in preventing migraines, according to a large clinical study published by an international research team, although real acupuncture may have longer-lasting effects.

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A major national survey of practitioners of acupuncture in the UK provides an up-to-date overview of the profession and concludes that acupuncture provides a substantial contribution to the country’s healthcare.

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Do the effects of acupuncture depend on the needling, the consultation or the practitioner? Researchers based in the UK have attempted to answer this question by quantifying the specific and non-specific effects of acupuncture on osteoarthritic (OA) pain.

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An animal experiment has shown that acupuncture at Zusanli ST-36 can block the production of neuropeptide Y (NPY), a molecule produced by the sympathetic nervous system in response to chronic stress.

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Researchers in Austria have shown that manual acupressure at the auricular Heart acupoint can affect cardiac and autonomic nervous system function.

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Auricular acupuncture (AA) can enhance athletes' recovery after strenuous exercise, suggests the results of a Taiwanese study.

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Chinese research has confirmed that the irritability of a myofascial trigger point in the upper trapezius muscle can be suppressed by needling remote acupoints.

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Acupoint electrical stimulation (AES) can effectively reduce postoperative pain and analgesic usage, according to an RCT carried out in Taiwan.

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An RCT carried out by Swedish researchers has found that acupuncture which causes deqi and sham acupuncture are experienced by patients as equally effective at treating radiotherapy-induced nausea.

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