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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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Acupuncture has a potential role in treating the sexual side-effects of antidepressant medications, suggest researchers from Canada who carried out a pilot study.

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A small study from Hong Kong has found that acupuncture may improve sleep quality in elderly patients with dementia.

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) is as effective for depression as the drug fluoxetine, according to Chinese researchers. Seventy-five patients with depressive disorder (DD) were treated with either fluoxetine or acupuncture five times...

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A US team reports that practising a combination of tai chi and yoga can reduce prenatal depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances in pregnant women.

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Researchers from the US have found that qigong practice can reduce depressive symptoms and improve quality of life in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer. Ninety-six women with breast cancer were randomised to a qigong...

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The evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is encouraging, conclude Korean authors.

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A Turkish research team has found that a single session of acupuncture at Yintang (M-HN-3) can reduce preoperative anxiety in adult surgical patients.

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A study by Chinese researchers indicates that acupuncture can accelerate the clinical response to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and prevent symptom aggravation in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). In...

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An fMRI study from China has found changes in brain activity following electro-acupuncture (EA) at acupoints Yintang N-NH-3 and Baihui DU-20, both of which are used in the treatment of psychiatric disorders.

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