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Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is associated with changes in connectivity in the brain’s default mode network (DMN), but acupuncture can reverse these changes as well as provide pain relief.

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A British research team has found that combining acupuncture with self-care is particularly effective in reducing the symptoms of low back pain.

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The findings of a small Australian study suggest that the specific effect of acupuncture may depend not on the precise location of the needles, but rather on the fact that they draw the patient’s attention to the area being needled.

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An RCT carried out in Germany has found that individualised acupuncture is not superior to standardised acupuncture for treating patients suffering from chronic low back pain.

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A Cochrane Database systematic review has concluded that current evidence supports acupuncture as a treatment for pelvic and back pain in pregnancy.

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Korean authors have found ‘encouraging’ evidence suggesting that acupuncture is more effective than medication in relieving acute low back pain (LBP). A total of 11 randomised-controlled trials (1139 participants) were included in...

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Di Huang Yin Zi (DHYZ, Rehmannia Decoction), a traditional Chinese herbal formula used to treat neurological disorders, has been found to improve neurological function in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), and may be an effective adjuvant therapy for enhancing functional recovery after SCI.

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Many patients with low back pain (LBP) might benefit significantly from individualised, multidisciplinary care that includes access to complementary medicine in addition to conventional care, according to a study from the USA.

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Acupuncture is a promising therapeutic option for the management of radicular pain of discogenic origin, according to Turkish researchers.

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A Spanish multicentre trial investigating acupuncture for the treatment of acute back pain has found real, sham and placebo acupuncture to be effective, with all three better than conventional treatment alone.

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