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According to American researchers, weekly acupuncture is associated with improvements in pain and quality of life when used as an adjunct to usual treatment for chronic pain in urban health centres.

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A large randomised study carried out in Germany has found that acupuncture is a useful and cost-effective add-on treatment for asthma patients.

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Adding either acupuncture or counselling to usual care can hasten improvement in patients with persistent depression according to a large UK-based study.

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Chinese scientists report that long-term tai chi practice can induce regional structural changes in practitioners’ brains. Using high-resolution MRI scanning of 22 tai chi practitioners and 18 matched controls, they examined the...

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A Mexican research team reports that practising tai chi produces a greater antioxidant effect in the body than walking. The researchers carried out a quasi-experimental study of 106 healthy older adults (60 and 74 years of age)...

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A systematic review by Danish authors has found moderate evidence for short-term improvement of pain, physical function and stiffness in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee who practice tai chi. Five RCTs with a total of 252...

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One hour of tai chi practice can decrease the numbers of pro-inflammatory lymphocytes circulating in the blood stream, a US pilot study suggests. Healthy subjects were asked to perform tai chi for one hour. Four millilitres of...

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Meditation boosts the activity of genes involved in several processes beneficial to health, American scientists report. The investigators analysed the gene profiles of 26 volunteers, none of whom regularly meditated, before...

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Apigenin, a flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables, could be behind the anti-cancer effects of the Mediterranean diet, according to researchers from the USA. The compound, which is most abundant in chamomile tea, parsley and...

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A Danish study has attempted to discern the contribution of specific and non-specific factors to acupuncture analgesia in patients undergoing dental surgery.

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