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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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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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Daily supplementation with ginger root (Gan Jiang [Zingiberis Rhizoma]) has been found to reduce exercise-induced pain by 25%.

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A Canadian study has compared the analgesic effect of conventional (high frequency) and acupuncture-like (low frequency) TENS between a group of opioid-treated patients and a group of opioid-naive patients

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A randomised controlled trial carried out in the USA has evaluated the effectiveness of a six-week tai chi course in reducing symptoms, increasing function and improving psychosocial status in arthritis patients. In the largest...

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A systematic review of TCM therapies for treatment of fibromyalgia has concluded that they appear to be effective. The authors looked at twenty-five RCTs (1516 participants) of which ten were eligible for meta-analysis....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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