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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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A pilot study from Hong Kong has provided preliminary evidence for the hypotheses that the anti-depressive effect of qigong exercise is due to improvement in psychosocial functioning and down-regulation of hyperactivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

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Hong Kong researchers have found that taking part in mental and physical activities can delay cognitive decline in seniors with dementia.

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A small Taiwanese study suggests that acupuncture could be used as an alternative to zolpidem (Ambien) for the treatment of insomnia.

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A study of Chinese earthquake victims suggests that electro-acupuncture (EA) is more effective than paroxetine for treating the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Research carried out in China has found that both manual and electro-acupuncture can improve quality of life for depressed patients undergoing treatment with the antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil).

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A Chinese herbal formula, ‘Ningdong granules’ (NDG), has been shown to reduce tics in children with Tourette’s syndrome.

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A pilot study carried out in the USA has found acupuncture monotherapy to be safe, well-tolerated and effective, in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Thirty outpatients with MDD received eight weeks of standardised...

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A meta-analysis suggests that tai chi can help reduce symptoms of depression in older adults. Authors from the USA and China analysed four trials with a total of 253 participants. Compared with waiting list control groups, tai chi...

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A qualitative study has explored the experiences of women receiving acupuncture for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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