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A study into the analgesic properties of various Chinese herbs has found that a compound of Yan Hu Suo (Rhizoma Corydalis) is able to effectively treat various kinds of pain, including inflammatory and neuropathic pain.

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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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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 Cochrane Database systematic review has summarised the current evidence for the use of acupuncture in the treatment of fibromyalgia.

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A review of the evidence for the use of acupuncture for cancer pain has found that it is beneficial.

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A US military research team has carried out a feasibility study to examine the use of ‘Battlefield Acupuncture’ (BFA, a type of ear acupuncture) for pain control amongst injured personnel being evacuated by air from military bases in Germany to hospital in the USA.

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A Chinese study has used ultrasound scanning to show that acupuncture at Jianjing GB-21 can regulate the volume of the gall bladder in cholecystitis patients and improve their symptoms.

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The results of a study from Thailand have shown that acupuncture combined with medication can significantly reduce peripheral neuropathy in diabetics.

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Chinese researchers have found that acupuncture can significantly improve pain and activity levels in patients with chronic Achilles tendinopathy, compared with exercise therapy.

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Acupuncture is the most effective complementary therapy for treating osteoarthritis, and also scores highly for other chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions, according to a report by the charity Arthritis Research UK. The report...

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