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Research Archive

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.

A review by authors from the UK, New Zealand and China suggests that acupoint sensitisation is based on neurogenic inflammation, and that stimulation of sensitised acupoints results in better clinical effects ...

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Results of a network meta-analysis by Chinese authors demonstrate that acupuncture is one of several effective treatments for migraine symptoms ...

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Spanish systematic review authors have concluded that acupuncture shows benefit for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ...

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Acupuncture and moxibustion may be a promising adjunctive therapy to medication for treating heart failure, report Chinese authors of a systematic review ...

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A systematic review by Chinese authors has found that although acupuncture does not show superiority for treating IBS relative to sham controls ...

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Authors of a large systematic review carried out in China have concluded that sham acupuncture may not be appropriate as a control intervention ...

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Cochrane reviews of acupuncture for pain conditions are outdated, and do not reflect the current evidence base ...

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A study by Thai researchers has found that stroke patients see the most significant clinical improvement by their 16th acupuncture session ...

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Data collected from over 6000 births suggests that acupuncture normalises birth, leading to reductions in maternity service costs ...

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The positive effects of acupuncture on exertional dyspnoea in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are associated with improved oxygen utilisation during exercise ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can enhance oocyte maturation and fertilisation rates in women undergoing IVF, Indonesian researchers have found ...

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Swedish researchers carried out qualitative analysis on interviews from 25 patients who were undergoing treatment in an inpatient clinic programme ...

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A preliminary study by Chinese researchers suggests that acupuncture can improve tinnitus symptoms by modulating imbalance of the autonomic nervous system ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) is a potential treatment for improving bladder function in patients with chronic urinary retention ...

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Acupuncture leads to reductions in pain intensity, disability and salivary cortisol levels in people with chronic musculoskeletal pain ...

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Acupuncture can significantly relieve gastrocnemius muscle tone in children with spastic cerebral palsy ...

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Women with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) can experience significant improvements in neuropathic symptoms ...

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Acupuncture can be beneficial for exercise-induced muscle soreness, according to a trial carried out in Portugal ...

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Different types of verum acupuncture may have different effect sizes depending on what kind of sham they are compared against ...

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Brain connectivity, which is altered in patients with functional dyspepsia (FD), appears to become more like that of healthy controls following acupuncture treatment ...

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A study by Japanese investigators suggests that acupuncture changes the balance of activity in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of the brain toward left-dominant, resulting in anxiolytic relaxation effects ...

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Chinese clinicians treating patients following ischemic stroke have found evidence that cerebellar activation by deqi may be one of the mechanisms by which acupuncture exerts its beneficial effects ...

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For years now Edzard Ernst has been launching a relentless campaign against acupuncture and other forms of complementary medicine ...

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A small study carried out by scientists in Austria suggests that people receiving acupuncture may be able to sense ‘therapeutic qi’ originating from the acupuncturist in the absence of mechanical needle stimulation ...

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Acupuncture can accelerate recovery of consciousness after general anaesthetic, according to a study from Italy

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Headache is the prestigious peer-reviewed journal of the American Headache Society. When they publish an article on headache and acupuncture, we would expect an informed, well-referenced piece. Read what Mel Hopper Koppelman has to say below and join us in wondering how Headache can demean itself by putting out such a load of lazy, biased rubbish.

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A response to a study debunking acupuncture for back pain ... 

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Do the effects of acupuncture depend on the needling, the consultation or the practitioner? Researchers based in the UK have attempted to answer this question by quantifying the specific and non-specific effects of acupuncture on osteoarthritic (OA) pain.

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At a time when reducing costs is a priority for all healthcare systems - an issue which is at the forefront of controversial National Health Service reforms in the UK - it is essential to consider different approaches to the treatment of difficult a

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An earlier Drum Tower posting (06/09/2010) described some of the exciting research into the use of acupuncture for treating chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) in men - a refractory disorder for which acupuncture is showing signs of offering  ef

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Evidence being presented this weekend at the largest UK acupuncture research forum, the ARRC Symposium, will highlight the benefits of acupuncture to reduce the severity and frequency of hot flushes in postmenopausal women.

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Acupuncture – a treatment to die for? A review of Edzard Ernst's article in The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

 In his  editorial, Ernst says of acupuncture that, "serious complications, including deaths, have bee

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Recent research into how acupuncture affects the brain has improved our understanding of the complex neural mechanisms involved in the procedure and may lead to wider acceptance of the treatment by mainstream medicine. Scientists from the UK’s Un

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Acupuncture repeatedly demonstrates beneficial effect in this difficult and intractable disorder.

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