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Acupuncture appears to be an effective adjunct to conventional analgesia for patients recovering from haemorrhoidectomy.

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American researchers have found preliminary evidence that acupuncture may be able to help relieve non-cyclic breast pain.

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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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Chinese scientists have found that acupuncture can lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the blood and synovial fluid of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients.

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Depth of needle penetration is important for relief of exercise-induced muscular pain, according to a Japanese acupuncture study carried out on twenty-two healthy volunteers.

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An Italian RCT has found that acupuncture is as effective as standard drug treatment for acute pain in patients with herpes zoster (HZ).

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Meditation can significantly reduce the unpleasantness of a noxious stimulus by engaging multiple brain mechanisms that alter the way the brain constructs the subjective experience of pain.

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Verum acupuncture has a significantly greater analgesic effect than non-penetrating sham acupuncture (NPSA), according to a group of European researchers (including Konrad Streitberger who developed the sham acupuncture needle).

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US authors have conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies evaluating auricular acupuncture (AA) for pain management.

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