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A study carried out at Yale University School of Medicine into the use of ear acupuncture and anxiety has shown that whilst there was no significant physiological change after acupuncture, those treated bilaterally at the...

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Researchers at the University of Arizona have tested the value of acupuncture in the treatment of depression. 38 women aged 18 to 45 and suffering from major depression were divided into three groups. One group received eight...

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The University of New Mexico Trauma & Anxiety Research Group is halfway through a 2-year study into the use of acupuncture in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. The group worked with an panel of 22 doctors of...

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The UK’s Mental Health Foundation has proposed that acupuncture should be made more available to depressed patients. They carried out an investigation into ear acupuncture and its potential benefits for women with mental health...

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In a Japanese study, 33 patients with mild to moderate dementia were assigned to received either Ba Wei Di Huang Wan (Eight-Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia), 7.5g/day or placebo for 8 weeks. At the end of the study period, the...

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In this study, patients who required ambulance transport secondary to medical conditions, were randomised to receive auricular acupressure either at the ‘relaxation point’ or at a sham point. Patients treated with the true point...

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In a double-blind, placebo-controlled randomised controlled trial, the efficacy of i. Carbamazepine (CBZ), ii, CBZ plus the Chinese herbal medicine Free and Easy Wanderer (FEWP/Xiao Yao Wan), and iii. Placebo, was compared in the...

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A herbal supplement known as GETO, containing Ren Shen (Ginseng Radix), Yin Yang Huo (Epimedii Herba), Yuan Zhi (Polygalae Radix) and two other unnamed herbs might help prevent dementia. Seventy-five patients with mild cognitive...

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Pharmaceutical medication is largely unsuitable for depression during pregnancy and therefore any non-pharmaceutical alternative is potentially of great value. In a study carried out at Stanford University, 61 women with major...

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Previous studies have shown acupuncture at depression specific points to be superior to acupuncture at points not specific to depression (see NEWS 78 and 59). In a recent study, however, it appears that the non specific...

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