Welcome to our Chinese medicine and acupuncture research news pages. We add to the content of these pages continuously as more research news comes in. Browse through the complete archive below or use the category links on the right.

Please note that the most twenty recent research archive items are free to view but access to the thousands of items in the archive require a journal subscription.


In order to clarify whether acupuncture is more effective than placebo for pain relief, two British authors have combined evidence gathered from systematic reviews of high-quality RCTs that compared acupuncture with sham...

Read more


Acupuncture may help to relieve the joint pain and stiffness that are a common side-effect of the use of aromatase inhibitors (AI) that suppress oestrogen production in women with breast cancer. US researchers conducted a study of...

Read more


Acupuncture that elicits deqi has a deactivating effect on specific areas of the brain associated with pain processing. A UK team has investigated the effect of deqi and acute pain needling sensations on brain fMRI blood oxygen...

Read more


Acupuncture enhances blood flow and oxygen supply to the Achilles tendon in healthy volunteers. In a crossover trial nine volunteers received treatment of the Achilles tendon with 10 minutes of either acupuncture or a heat pack....

Read more


A randomised placebo-controlled single-blind study of 50 patients in Germany compared the analgesic effect of needling a single acupuncture point (on the arm) traditionally indicated for knee pain, with a simulated acupuncture...

Read more


A study has analysed postural changes after acupuncture treatment in a group of 15 patients with balance disorders caused by cervical torsion due to whiplash injury. The treatment consisted of 3 once-weekly sessions during which...

Read more


A study has shown that transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is less effective than electro-acupuncture in the treatment of chronic pain. 156 patients with chronic pain (lower back ache, osteoarthritis of the knee,...

Read more


The effect of auriculopressure on pain relief was assessed by comparing two groups of healthy students. In the first group, auriculopressure was applied to the 'toe' ear point and pressure sensitivity at the toe was measured with...

Read more


A randomised controlled pilot study compared the effects of standard emergency medical care to auricular acupuncture plus standard care in patients with acute pain syndromes. Eighty-seven people with a diagnosis of acute pain...

Read more


A study carried out at the Department for Family Medicine at the University of Maryland has shown that acupuncture is more effective than placebo in the treatment of postoperative oral surgery pain (Archives of Otolaryngology –...

Read more